Brodie Clark accuses Teresa May of making “wrong statements” to Parliament

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The head of the UK Border Agency is to lodge a claim for constructive dismissal.

Brodie Clark, suspended on Friday, last night left the UKBA in the light of the behaviour of the Home Office and comments made to Parliament by the Home Secretary Theresa May.

He issued the following statement via his union the FDA: “I am anxious to take part in any independent inquiry into matters relating to UK Border Agency but my position at UKBA had been made untenable because of the statements made in the House of Commons by the Home Secretary Theresa May. Those statements are wrong and were made without the benefit of hearing my response to formal allegations. With the Home Secretary announcing and repeating her view that I am at fault, I cannot see how any process conducted by the Home Office or under its auspices, can be fair and balanced.

“The Home Secretary suggests that I added additional measures, improperly, to the trial of our risk-based controls. I did not. Those measures have been in place since 2008/09.

“The Home Secretary also implies that I relaxed the controls in favour of queue management. I did not. Despite pressure to reduce queues, including from ministers, I can never be accused of compromising security for convenience. This summer saw queues of over three hours (non EU) on a regular basis at Heathrow and I never once contemplated cutting our essential controls to ease the flow.

“On the trials, I have pressed since December 2010 to progress these and I was pleased when the Home Secretary agreed to the pilot arrangements. The evidence to support them is substantial and the early findings are encouraging. I would do nothing to jeopardise them and I firmly believe that a more fully risk-based way of operating will offer far greater protection to the United Kingdom.

“I deeply regret having to make this statement. I am saddened that my career should end in such a way after 40 years of dedicated service. My employer has disregarded my right to reply in favour of political convenience.

“I have been advised to say nothing further until I appear before the Home Affairs Select Committee.”

A spokesperson for PCS said Brodie Clark had “been shamefully hung out to dry by the home secretary whose position is now surely untenable. But it cannot put the matter to bed. John Vine’s enquiry must be given the widest possible remit to investigate the impact of cuts to date, the likely implications for further planned cuts and the circumstances surrounding the sacking of two of our senior reps last year.”


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