Boris Johnson asked why he hasn't been deported yet as PM's history raised in Commons

PUBLISHED: 13:55 12 February 2020 | UPDATED: 14:18 12 February 2020

Prime Minister Boris Johnson listens as Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn speaks during Prime Minister's Questions. Photograph: House of Commons/PA Wire.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson listens as Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn speaks during Prime Minister's Questions. Photograph: House of Commons/PA Wire.

Jeremy Corbyn has questioned whether Boris Johnson should have been deported to the United States because he 'dabbled in class A drugs' and 'conspired' to beat up a journalist.

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The Labour leader provoked a furious reaction from the Conservative benches after asking the Prime Minister if there is "one rule for young black boys from the Caribbean and another for white boys from the United States".

Some 50 people were originally expected to be on a chartered deportation flight to Jamaica that left the UK at around 7.30am on Tuesday.

But it took off with 17 on board after a last-minute legal battle between the government and human rights campaigners.

Officials and ministers have said all were foreign criminals who committed serious offences, although campaigners, supported by 150 MPs, say they came to the country as children, are "British in every meaningful way", and some were sentenced for one-time drug offences when they were young.

Speaking at Prime Minister's Questions, Corbyn asked: "Does the prime minister think that someone who came to this country at the age of five and was the victim of county lines grooming and compelled to carry drugs, released five years ago and never re-offended deserves to be deported?"

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Johnson replied: "I think the whole country would agree that, while I cannot comment on individual cases, it is entirely right that foreign national offenders should be deported from this country in accordance with the law."

Corbyn said the government has "learned nothing" from the Windrush scandal, adding: "This cruel and callous government is trying to mislead the British people into thinking it's solely deporting foreign nationals who are guilty of murder, rape and other very serious offences.

"This is clearly not the case. Take the example of a young black boy who came to the UK aged five and is now being deported after serving time for a drugs offence."

To groans from the Tory benches, Corbyn added: "If there was a case of a young white boy with blond hair who later dabbled in class A drugs and conspired with a friend to beat up a journalist, would he deport that boy - or is it one rule for young black boys from the Caribbean and another for white boys from the United States?"

Johnson said: "I think quite frankly that Mr Corbyn demeans himself and by the way besmirches the reputation of the Windrush generation who came to this country to work in our public services, to teach our children in this country, to make lives better for people in this country.

"He has no right to conflate them with those foreign national offenders that we are deporting today."

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