Priti Patel was present at a raid in east London (Picture: Rex / Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire)
Good Morning Britain guest presenter Adil Ray has questioned Home Secretary Priti Patel posing for a ‘photo opp’ at a raid of alleged people smugglers in London.
Earlier this week, two suspected ringleaders of an alleged people smuggling gang were arrested in early morning raids, having been suspected of using minicab and lorry drivers to transport migrants in and out of the UK illegally.
Ms Patel was present at one of the raids with police in east London on Wednesday, stating that people smugglers are ‘treating innocent lives as a commodity and lining their pockets while people are dying’.
The TV presenter wrote: ‘Priti Patel’s parents & mine were told to leave Uganda & Kenya, in some cases to save their lives. After much protest (at one point they wanted to dump them on the Falklands) UK let them in. To think years later a daughter of that generation would pose for a photo opp like this.’
When asked by a Twitter user if he shared his tweet ‘knowing the full facts regarding this particular operation’, Mr Ray replied: ‘Yes I have.’
Mr Ray shares a picture of Ms Patel on social media (Picture: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire & Twitter/@adilray)
Ms Patel, whose paternal grandparents were born in Gujarat, India, was born on March 29 1972 in London to parents who came to the UK from Uganda.
Her parents had moved to the UK in the 1960s before President Idi Amin ordered the expulsion of the country’s Asian population in the same year Ms Patel was born.
In February 2020, Ms Patel conceded in an interview with LBC that her parents might not have been permitted entry to the UK under the immigration rules she was proposing, as reported by The Independent.
After interviewer Nick Ferrari told her that under her own rules ‘you wouldn’t be here’, she replied: ‘Yeah, but also let’s not forget we are not changing our approach to refugees and asylum seekers, which is very different to a points-based system for employment and that particular route.’
Adil Ray was recently a guest presenter on GMB (Picture: Ken McKay/ITV/Shutterstock)
In an interview conducted with Ms Patel for The Times in October 2020, the Home Secretary hit back at criticism over her views on immigration in light of her parent’s migration from Uganda to the UK.
‘Ugandan Asians came to this country under a Conservative government because it created a safe route for them to come to this country. That’s what I’m doing. Our asylum system has not been reformed for 20 years. We will look to develop legislation that is firm but fair,’ she said.
Mr Ray was born in Birmingham in 1974, after his Kenyan-born mother came to the UK in the 1960s and married his father, who was from Pakistan.
Last month, the Citizen Khan star called out trolls who sent him derogatory messages during his time on GMB.
‘This week on Twitter I’ve been called a lefty liberal, a true tory, a race baiter, anti English, too Muslim and not Muslim enough. Phew! Back on your box next Monday @gmb for the next instalment. Thank you so much for giving us your time and watching. I’m loving every minute,’ he tweeted.
Credit: Original article published here.