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Priti Patel had barely started her speech at the Bassetlaw Tories Spring Dinner on Friday night when a group of protesters began standing on chairs to express their disapproval of Rwanda’s migration policy. In a video shared by campaign group Green New Deal Rising, several guests lambasted the Home Secretary before being quickly dragged away by security. Other guests were quick to drown out the comments, yelling at them to “get out.”

Ms Patel said: ‘Good evening everyone, I just want to start…’ when a guest suddenly rose from their chair.

She said: “Priti Patel, your racist policies are killing people.

“Your plans to send asylum seekers to Rwanda are inhumane, they are inhumane and will ruin people’s lives.”

Another added: “Priti Patel, as a young person who wants to live in a just and caring society, we are disgusted by your treatment of refugees in the UK.”

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As the protesters were escorted away, they chanted, “Say it loud, say it clear, refugees are welcome here!”

The group shared the video on Twitter today with the caption: “Last night we disrupted Priti Patel because her plan for Rwanda is cruel, morally bankrupt and will cost lives.

“We call on the government to abandon this widely condemned policy and provide support to people seeking safety.

“No matter where we come from, we all deserve dignity and respect.”

Speaking to reporters at Southampton Airport on Wednesday, Mr Johnson claimed ‘we always knew’ that ‘liberal lawyers’ would try to make the plan difficult.

However, he stressed that the partnership between Rwanda and the UK is a “very, very sensible thing”.

The Prime Minister said: “It’s a lot between two countries, each helping each other.

“Of course there will be legal eagles, liberal lawyers, who will try to make this difficult to deal with. We always knew it was coming, but it’s a very, very sensible thing.

“If people cross the English Channel illegally, and if they do, their lives are put in danger by ruthless and unscrupulous gangsters, that’s what’s happening right now.”

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