Q: What do you say about reports that in some jails extremists are running their own version of Sharia law?

Priti Patel, the home secretary, tells LBC she is aware of many things. She says the government has world-leading measures to combat extremism. There will be an independent review of the Prevent programme, she says.

Q: Around 1,000 migrants are said to have arrived across the Channel since the lockdown. What are you doing about that?

Patel says she is doing a lot. Border Force officers and others are working night and day on this, she says. People are being arrested and returned, she says. Drones and helicopters are being used. But the amount of beach space being used in France is “vast”, she says.

She says after the UK has fully left the EU at the end of the transition, it will no longer be bound by EU law. That will help, she claims.

Q: How?

Patel implies asylum rules will change. The UK will find it easier to return people who have come through a safe country before arriving in the UK to claim asylum, she says.

Q: You are passing an immigration bill. But haven’t circumstances change. You want to exclude some of the people we are clapping on Thursday nights?

Patel does not accept that. She says this is about opening up immigration to people from around the world.

Q: But you don’t value these people?

Patel does not accept that. She claims that “this isn’t about salaries at all”. It is about skills, she says.

She claims the salary threshold “is not the end determinator at all”.

Q: Do you think the scientific advice about care homes should be published?

Patel says Sage, the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies, will be publishing its advice.

Q: What work have you been done on setting up a quarantine system?

Patel says the government is still developing the policy. The Home Office is working with Sage on this, she says.

Q: Would you be confident sending your child to primary school in June?

Patel says she would be. Children’s education is vital, she says. She says this does not amount to rushing back to a full school day.

Q: Should sanctions be taken against councils that don’t cooperate?

No, says Patel. She says government and councils need to work together.

Q: What happens if a teacher does not turn up?

Patel says she has seen some teachers do heroic work keeping schools open for the children of key workers and for vulnerable children.

Q: Should sentences be increased for people who cough at police officers, threatening them with coronavirus?

Patel says she is looking at that. She says she would like to double the sentences available.

(Currently a common assault of this kind aimed specifically at an emergency worker is punishable by up to a year in jail.)

Priti Patel. Photograph: Tolga Akmen/AFP via Getty Images



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