Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Jacqui Smith accused of immigrant 'cover-up'

By James Kirkup, Political Correspondent, and Gary Cleland Last Updated: 11:31am GMT 13/11/2007

Jacqui Smith, the Home Secretary, is to appear before MPs over claims she tried to conceal the fact that thousands of illegal immigrants had been authorised to work in sensitive Government security posts.
Following pressure from David Cameron, the Home Office announced that Ms Smith would address the House of Commons this afternoon.
The Tory leader demanded that the Home Secretary explain why she did not make public the fact that thousands of illegal workers were given the jobs. Leaked emails showed that Ms Smith was told about the latest immigration fiasco as long ago as July, but only admitted to it on Sunday in response to questions from journalists.


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