MP claims victory as ‘go home’ vans withdrawn

Lewes MP Norman Baker has claimed his first major victory in his new position as Minister of State at the Home Office after Theresa May, the Home Secretary, agreed to withdraw controversial ‘go home’ vans from service.

The hugely unsuccessful campaign was described by Lib Dems as “stupid”.

Mr Baker said: “Liberal Democrats believe we should have a firm but fair immigration system that is tolerant to those who live, work and contribute here but intolerant of abuse. However, these vans crossed a line. They were divisive and, ultimately, counterproductive.

“The ‘go home’ poster vans were not cleared or agreed by Liberal Democrats in Government and we made clear we would not support any expansion of the scheme.”