Now Police run are Borders?
Police told me to relax passport rules, says former borders chief at the UKAB Clark
Theresa May is likely to face further questions over new the passports row and if Cameron doesn’t dismiss her or at the very least demote her something is very wrong?
Theresa May, the home secretary, faces a fight for her political career when Brodie Clark, the senior civil servant who resigned from the UK Borders Agency over an immigration dispute, is expected to reveal that he only ever relaxed passport controls to non-EU citizens on the advice of police.
Question; What and why and who gave the police the powers to say relax any border controls? The police are meant you keep in check public order and crime they are a civil unit, nothing what so ever in giving orders, but take them, in regards to border controls and military matters which are not police controlled but government controlled
May lies, claimed in the Commons that Clark, who plans to lodge a constructive dismissal case against the government, had improperly relaxed passport checks to manage growing queues at airports. Clark, who has worked in the civil service for 40 years, issued a statement denying the politician's claim and agreed to attend a meeting of the home affairs select committee on Tuesday.
The London Times understands that Clark, 60, will this week tell MPs that he only acted on police orders. He will say that a directive put in place three years ago obliged him to act if the police believed a crowd was causing a threat to public order. He will explain that he has been unable to recover documents and emails from his office to prove his case because he has not been allowed to enter the agency's headquarters. Friends hope the select committee chairman, Labour's Keith Vaz, will ask the Home Office to make the documents publicly available.
During his evidence, Clark will also challenge the recollection of Rob Whiteman, the agency's chief executive, who claimed that Clark had admitted to him that on "a number of occasions this year he authorised his staff to go further than ministerial instruction".
A pilot scheme operating in recent months has allowed the UKBA to relax passport controls for EU citizens. Clark is expected to say that he told Whiteman, who took up his role in July, that passport controls were only further relaxed for non-EU nationals when the police demanded it to avoid public disorder.
A Whitehall source said: "Brodie Clark is very robust. Those comments [from Whiteman] are only his recollection of the conversation."
Friends of Clark believe that the dispute, which began last weekend, could and should have been avoided but that Whiteman's inexperience in the role of chief executive may have played a part in the events. However, there is also considerable anger at the manner in which May publicly attacked Clark, who is described as a "meticulous mandarin", according to one former colleague.
Ahead of Clark's attendance at the select committee hearing, May has been asked by Vaz to answer 14 questions about the affair. The Home Office was asked to answer by Friday but was granted an extension.
May and the Home Office's permanent secretary, Helen Ghost, both addressed a "steady the ship" open meeting on Thursday for staff at the department's Marsham Street headquarters, designed to boost morale after a turbulent six days. It was said to be short and upbeat.
An interim report from one of the two internal inquiries into the border checks row may be published as early as next week. The full report into the affair by the independent inspector of immigration, John Vine, a former Tayside chief constable, will not be published until after Christmas.
Matthew Coats, who was the UKBA's head of immigration, has temporarily taken over Clark's role. A notice on the UKBA website says the border force operations manual is "being updated".
Meanwhile, the turmoil at the UKBA intensified last night after immigration officials revealed they had suspended a policy of conducting illegal passport checks on buses. Last week, the London Times reported that Border Agency officials were regularly targeting coach passengers but the practice appears illegal because UKBA staff are only authorised to examine people at air or sea ports