A Norfolk MP has praised Britain for its “long-held belief that we should look after people in need” as he spoke out to quell concerns over asylum seekers temporarily housed at a former RAF base.
The old officers’ mess at RAF Coltishall, used by fighter pilots during World War Two, is being used to offer temporary housing to asylum seekers who have fled from war-torn countries, says the Local Democracy Reporting Service.
Some 77 rooms were used by asylum seekers, while 20 were available for councils to house homeless people.
The Home Office said the move to house asylum seekers while their status was being considered was not permanent and was "to help in the fight against coronavirus".
Broadland Conservative MP Jerome Mayhew (pictured) said 24-hour security at the site was in place "not because there’s any increased risk, but to provide reassurance".
"I’m in discussions with the council to help in that process, which is to answer questions, provide reassurance and make sure we have the right level of scrutiny and oversight, whilst living up to our country's long-held belief that we should look after people in need," he added.
The Home Office said it would review the measure before the end of June.