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Hotel in Morecambe to no longer house asylum seekers by end of January

The Strathmore Hotel in Morecambe. Image from Google Street View

A hotel in Morecambe will no longer be used as accommodation for asylum seekers from the end of January 2024.

The Strathmore Hotel has been home to people from overseas seeking asylum for some time, but the Morecambe MP said he'd been told this is due to end.

People who are currently housed at the Marine Road East hotel will be given a minimum of five days' notice before being moved to other accommodation, said David Morris, MP for Morecambe and Lunesdale.

Mr Morris said he had been working with the Home Office since January 2023 to relocate them outside of the Morecambe area.

He said he'd had formal notification in writing that the Home Office was now terminating its contract with the Strathmore Hotel as asylum accommodation.

Mr Morris said: "Our community is a welcoming and inclusive one but the facility that has been operating at the Strathmore has caused pressure on our local services and has caused a great deal of concern for residents living in the vicinity. 

"Hotels are not appropriate places to house asylum seekers and I welcome the Home Office’s decision to terminate their contract with the Strathmore Hotel with the contract ending at the end of January."

Mr Morris (right) is pictured below with Robert Jenrick, Immigration Minister

Many UK hotels have been used as temporary homes for people arriving in the UK from overseas.

The Home Office struck deals with hotel owners to house them as a "short-term solution to the global migration crisis".

The government has recently announced plans to end the use of 50 hotels housing asylum seekers by the end of January.

Robert Jenrick, Immigration Minister, said the first hotel contracts would end in the coming days.

Mr Jenrick told MPs: "These hotels should be assets for their local communities, serving businesses and tourists, hosting weddings and birthdays, not housing illegal migrants at unsustainable cost to the taxpayer."

Stephen Kinnock, Labour's shadow immigration minister, criticised the announcement saying the government was only planning to close a "paltry" 12 per cent of hotels currently in use.

According to the latest available data, 50,546 asylum seekers were being housed in hotels in the UK at the end of June. 

The government has also announced plans to house asylum seekers in large sites such as surplus military sites, barges, former student halls of residence, and holiday parks.

In December last year, there were concerns after another hotel in Morecambe, the Clifton, was used as short-term asylum accommodation.

Read more: Morecambe MP and council leader speak out after "last minute" news of asylum seekers plan for hotel - Beyond Radio

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