2020 August 28: The Elected City Mayor of Leicester, Peter Soulsby has responded to Status Now Network’s approach to him to be aware that people seeking asylum were accosted by Britain First in a hotel in Bromsgrove, whilst in the care of Serco who housed them there. It is Serco’s practice to house people where they can temporarily as their current housing stock is full and under the terms of their contract they must accommodate new asylum seekers, so they are converting office blocks, but also using hotels. We suggested that Leicester Council needs to be aware that this behaviour by Britain First is attracting a lot of far right acclaim, and that it may happen in Leicester itself.
Peter Soulsby replied: ‘Thank you very much indeed for bringing this to my attention. I’m going to make sure that my colleagues are made aware of what has been going on and alert to any possibility in Leicester.’
Status Now Network is heartened that the Leicester Mayor will be taking our concern to the Leicester Council, as it demonstrates an understanding that those in the asylum system are in a very vulnerable situation at this time. We consider this to be an example of good practice