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Rishi Sunak said he is "confident" the number of illegal migrants arriving in the UK will come down after a new £63 million deal was agreed with France – but he declined to guarantee that Channel crossings will fall next year.
Speaking after he arrived in Bali, Indonesia, where he is attending a G20 summit, the Prime Minister said: "I’m confident that we can get the numbers down. 
"But I also want to be honest with people that it isn’t a single thing that will magically solve this. We can’t do it overnight."
His comments came as Downing Street revealed there are no specific performance targets in the UK’s agreement with France, raising questions over how the success and value for money of the pact will be measured.
The new deal will see British officers stationed in French control rooms for the first time and a 40 per cent boost in beach patrols along the country’s northern coastline. 
The number of people arriving in the UK after crossing the Channel in small boats has now topped 40,000 for the year so far. 
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Tory former minister Tim Loughton suggested the Government’s deal with France amounted to "throwing good money after bad". 
Addressing Suella Braverman in the House of Commons, he said: "Can you confirm that there is nothing in this agreement today which obliges the French police to detain and arrest anybody they intercept so that they are free to come back the following night and try again, in which case are we not throwing good money after bad?" 
The Home Secretary replied: "I don’t believe this is throwing good money after bad… this year alone we have seen 30,000 successful interventions by the French to stop attempts to leave France and come here illegally." 
Suella Braverman said the UK’s new migrant deal with France will crackdown on Channel crossings and it "will make this route unviable, eventually". 
The Home Secretary was asked by Tory MP Michael Fabricant if the agreement will be a "game changer". 
She said: "On its own this agreement will not fix the problem… but I am very proud of the cooperation that the UK and France have led over the recent years. 
"I do think this deal represents a step change and a big step forward in our joint challenge." 
Labour has triggered the by-election to replace a former MP who resigned to become Greater Manchester deputy mayor.
Kate Green, a former shadow education secretary, formally resigned as the MP for Stretford and Urmston last week. 
The by-election has to take place between 21 and 27 working days from the issuing of the writ in the House of Commons, suggesting it will take place on December 15. 
Suella Braverman, the Home Secretary, is answering questions in the House of Commons this afternoon following her trip to Paris this morning to sign the UK’s new migrant deal with France. 
Sir Roger Gale, the Tory MP, said the deal is a "modest step towards solving a much greater problem". 
He said: "Would my right honourable friend agree that rather than populist policies which may grab headlines, the only way to solve this problem will be through painstaking hard work of the kind that my right honourable friend the Prime Minister and Monsieur Macron have instigated?"  
Ms Braverman said Sir Roger was "absolutely right" and there was "no single solution to this problem and international cooperation is a vital part of the solution". 
Do you think you could do a better job of fixing the public finances than Jeremy Hunt? Well, now you can have a go, thanks to The Telegraph’s interactive Autumn Statement game. 
You can choose from a range of options as you try to fill the £60billion black hole in the nation’s books. Will you prioritise tax rises? Or will you look to scrap major infrastructure projects? 
You can have a go at making your own "difficult decisions" here.
The Conservative MP for Dover has criticised the Government’s new multimillion-pound Channel crossings deal with France, saying it "falls short of what’s needed".
Natalie Elphicke said the agreement "doesn’t match the scale or urgency of the small-boats crisis" after the announcement this morning.
Ms Elphicke said in a statement: "The deal announced with France today falls short of what’s needed. It doesn’t match the scale or urgency of the small boats crisis, or the increased risk of loss of life as winter approaches.
"What’s needed is a step-change in approach, with joint border patrols and a Channel-wide joint security zone. It’s only when migrants and people smugglers alike know that they can’t succeed in crossing the Channel in a small boat that this crisis will come to an end."
Planning reform is not dead but needs “BIDEN” to succeed, Michael Gove has said.
The Housing Secretary said focusing on beauty, infrastructure, democracy, environment and neighbourhood would secure public support for new housing developments, noting that the acronym formed by these themes spelled the name of the US President.
Speaking at the Centre for Policy Studies’ annual Margaret Thatcher Conference, he said: "A week ago when I was accepting the invitation to come here, I thought should I really endorse Biden in front of this audience?"
Michael Gove has acknowledged the Government must listen to concerns about planning reforms and why people oppose more housebuilding, writes Dominic Penna.
Mr Gove, the Housing Secretary, told the annual Margaret Thatcher Conference his department would look at why previous attempts at changing the housing regime had "floundered".
"I think if you attempt simply to – please excuse the metaphor – bulldoze your way through opposition, rather than take people with you, you will see a backlash rather than take people with you," Mr Gove said.
He flagged democratic concerns about new developments, environmental worries and the poor quality of some new homes, recommitting to blocking "ugly" new developments by using "haul-in" powers where necessary.
Michael Gove urged Britain to "double down" on its green goals to achieve long-term growth, writes Dominic Penna.
Speaking at the annual Margaret Thatcher Conference organised by the Centre for Policy Studies (CPS), Mr Gove took aim at "simplistic" commentary that suggests a "tension" between Net Zero objectives and economic prosperity.
"The truth is the United Kingdom is leading the green industrial revolution as it led the original industrial revolution," the Housing Secretary told attendees.
"It is increasingly the case that the advantages we develop here will be adopted elsewhere in the world – something we should double down on, not retreat from."
Rishi Sunak has met Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ahead of the G20 summit in Bali. 
The pair enjoyed drinks and snacks at the Bumbu Bali Arts Cafe, with Mr Trudeau choosing a Bintang beer and teetotal Mr Sunak ordering a mango spritz.
Mr Sunak asked his Canadian counterpart about his Asean visit – The Association of Southeast Asian Nations – saying he was interested because the UK now has an Indo-Pacific tilt to its foreign policy.
The leaders also talked about the UK’s potential accession to the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) trade pact, which would allow Britain to work more closely with Pacific Rim economies.
Downing Street has said that Rishi Sunak is not aware of any formal complaint having been raised by officials over the conduct of Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab.
The Prime Minister’s Official Spokeswoman said: “As the Prime Minister has said before, people in public life should treat other with consideration and respect. Those are principles that this Government will stand by.
“There are established procedures by which civil servants can raise complaints. These processes allow allegations to be looked and considered with due process and a fair hearing. We are not aware of any formal complaint having been raised.”
Asked if the Prime Minister has confidence in Mr Raab, the spokeswoman said: “Yes.”
Sir Keir Starmer, the Labour leader, has said the migrant deal with France is a "small step in the right direction" but warned of the cost to taxpayers.
Speaking to broadcasters at a housing development in Milton Keynes, he said: "Most people will look at this say, look, there’s more taxpayers’ cash now being spent on a problem of the Government’s making.
"This has been going on a very, very long time. And the Home Secretary has said that the asylum system is broken. She’s right about that – they broke it."
Rishi Sunak said he will use the G20 summit to "condemn" Russia’s war in Ukraine, but appeared to acknowledge that the G20 was divided on the issue of explicitly criticising the invasion.
He told broadcasters following his arrival in Bali: "I’m going to use this opportunity to unequivocally condemn Russia’s hostile and illegal war in Ukraine.
"And I know that other allies will as well because it’s right that we highlight what is going on and hold Russia to account for that and I won’t shy away from doing that you accept."
Pushed on the fact there will be no joint condemnation of the war from the G20, he said: "The G20 is a very different forum to the G7 for example. The G7 is a group of like-minded liberal democracies with similar values. The G20, we have to acknowledge, is a different grouping. But that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t be engaged in it."
The Prime Minister has said he is "confident" the number of illegal migrants arriving in the UK will come down, but declined to guarantee that numbers will fall next year.
Rishi Sunak told broadcasters at the Hilton Hotel in Bali, where he arrived ahead of the G20 summit: "I’m confident that we can get the numbers down. But I also want to be honest with people that it isn’t a single thing that will magically solve this. We can’t do it overnight.
"But people should be absolutely reassured that this is a top priority for me. I’m gripping it and, as I’ve said, in the time that I’ve been Prime Minister, you’re already starting to see some progress with this deal with the French but that’s just a start. There’s lots more that we need to do."
Rishi Sunak has insisted that the "difficult but necessary decisions" in Thursday’s Autumn Statement will have "fairness and compassion at their heart".
Speaking at the Hilton Hotel in Bali, where he is attending the G20 summit, the Prime Minister insisted that global challenges such as the coronavirus pandemic and the Russian invasion of Ukraine are the "primary driver for energy prices and inflation".
Pressed on whether Liz Truss’s mini-Budget is making his financial choices more severe, the PM said: "On the steps of Downing Street I said that mistakes had been made, part of the reason that I became Prime Minister was to address them.
"And what we’ve seen now is that stability has returned to the United Kingdom, but that’s because the expectation is that the Government will make those difficult but necessary decisions to ensure that we can get a grip of inflation, reduce it for people with the cost of living, also limit the increase in mortgage rates.
"But I really want people to be reassured that what the Chancellor is working on is that all the decisions we make will have fairness and compassion at their heart and I’m confident on Thursday people can see that that’s what we have strived to do."
Rishi Sunak has left open the possibility that he could meet with China’s Xi Jinping at the G20 in Indonesia.
Speaking to broadcasters after arriving in Bali, the Prime Minister said he would use the summit to build "strong relationships" with world leaders including US President Joe Biden.
He said: "In the wake of Covid and Russia’s war, many countries around the world are facing similar economic challenges to us at home. So it’ll be good to discuss with other leaders how we can fix the global economy.
"Of course, I’m also going to take this opportunity to condemn Russia’s illegal hostile activity in Ukraine. And lastly, I’m looking forward to sitting down and building some strong relationships with other leaders like President Biden from America and the prime ministers of Japan, Australia and India."
Asked if that could include China, he said: "President Xi is here and like all the other leaders, hopefully I will have a chance to talk to him too."
Downing Street declined to say whether the Government pursued a returns agreement with France to tackle migrant crossings as part of the new deal signed by Suella Braverman this morning.
A returns agreement would allow the UK to send migrants who arrive by small boat back to France. 
The Prime Minister’s Official Spokeswoman told reporters: "I wouldn’t comment on conversations in the development of policy. This is a significant deal which will build on the already significant cooperation that we have with the French."
She added: "The PM recognises the scale of the challenge and that internationally we need to work together to tackle what is a global challenge."
Downing Street was asked why there are no performance targets in the new migrant deal with France (see the post below at 12.13).  
The Prime Minister’s Official Spokeswoman said: "It is a recognition that we need to keep stepping up our efforts and the existing work and build on what we are already doing with the French and we have seen that deliver an increase in prevented crossings, we obviously need that to continue and build on that and we have also seen our joint cooperation woirk to deliver arrests and dismantle criminal gangs. 
"Again, that is something we want to continue to pursue and build on. So it is building on an approach and close cooperation that we have with the French. I think it is only right that we continue to progress that, build on that, with the French alongside pursuing the other measures that we are taking to address this problem." 
Downing Street has revealed there are no performance targets in the new £63 million migrant deal between the UK and France.
The deal will see the UK provide the extra money in an attempt to crackdown on the Channel migrant crossings crisis. 
But No10 said at lunchtime that there are no targets for outcomes in the deal, raising questions over how the success and value for money of the deal will be measured. 
Asked if there were targets for outcomes, the Prime Minister’s Official Spokeswoman said: "There is the deal as set out but no, there is not." 
Rishi Sunak has defended Dominic Raab over allegations about his firm approach with staff, saying he does not recognise the way the Deputy Prime Minister has been portrayed.
The comments are the first time the Prime Minister has spoken about recent reports on Mr Raab’s management style and how officials in departments he has run have reacted.
You can read the full story here. 
The SNP has now responded to the new migrant deal between the UK and France. 
The SNP’s immigration spokeswoman, Anne McLauglin, said: "While cooperation with the French is welcome, no deal will fix the Tories’ disastrous asylum system. With independence, Scotland can rid ourselves of callous Tory policies and create a humane migration system that works for us.
"We have seen deals like this before and they have failed to significantly improve the situation. The UK government must instead focus on creating more safe and legal routes, which we know work, and address the backlog of asylum decisions."
Rishi Sunak was met by a guard of honour and a troupe of dancers on the tarmac in Bali as he stepped off the plane this morning. 
Mr Sunak looked on and smiled as the group performed a traditional Balinese dance called "pendet", carrying bowls of flower petals as their gold headdresses gleamed in the airport floodlights.
Rishi Sunak has set out a five point plan to stop Russia in its tracks. 
Writing in The Telegraph, the Prime Minister said that "we must put an end to Russia’s appalling weaponisation of food" and "we must remain utterly committed to the promotion of free markets and an open global economy in which enterprise drives growth". 
He added: "We will not let our economic future be held hostage by the actions of a rogue state – and nor will our allies."
You can read the PM’s piece in full here
Andrew Bailey, the Governor of the Bank of England, will give evidence to the Treasury Select Committee on Wednesday this week – the day before Jeremy Hunt delivers his Autumn Statement on Thursday.
Mr Bailey will give evidence alongside a trio of members of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee. The meeting is due to get underway at 2.15pm. 
MPs will ask questions about the Bank’s policy on interest rates after the MPC voted to hike rates by 0.75 percentage points to three per cent at the start of November. It was the eighth consecutive increase.
An era of rising tax thresholds ushered in by George Osborne will be further consigned to the history books this week as Jeremy Hunt confirms a stealth raid to plug the hole in government finances. 
A four-year freeze to the income tax threshold has already been announced and the Chancellor is thought to be looking at extending that for another two years to 2028.
Hunt and allies believe the raid is necessary to plug the multi-billion pound hole in government finances, but those on the pro-growth wing of the Conservative Party fear it could doom Britain to a self-perpetuating cycle of higher taxes.
You can read the full story here
Rishi Sunak has just landed in Bali, Indonesia, as he attends his first G20 summit as Prime Minister. 
The summit will get underway tomorrow. We are expecting to hear from the PM in the form of a short broadcast interview at lunchtime UK time today. 
Rishi Sunak will sit down for a bilateral meeting with Joe Biden, the US President, at the G20 summit in Bali, Indonesia, as the two men meet for the first time. 
The meeting with Mr Biden is one of a handful of bilateral meetings pencilled in for Mr Sunak during the two-day event which starts tomorrow. 
Mr Sunak is also due to hold talks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. 
There could also be a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping but this has not yet been confirmed.  
James Cleverly said some countries are still "not as vocal as we would like" in terms of their condemnation of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. 
The Foreign Secretary told LBC Radio this morning: "We still see countries that are not as vocal as we would like."
Asked if he was referring to China, Mr Cleverly said: "Well, we know that China has a huge influence on the world stage and President Xi had a bilateral meeting with President Putin just before the invasion. 
"We know President Putin will listen to what the Chinese say, and we want to make sure that all voices around the world, including those that either voted against or abstained at the United Nations, join the international pressure on Russia, to end this war and withdraw its troops." 
Amnesty International UK has criticised the new migrant agreement between the UK and France, claiming it is "just the same as previous deals".
Steve Valdez-Symonds, the organisation’s refugee and migrant rights director, said: "This deal is just the same as previous deals – spending money and resources on intercepting and obstructing people crossing the Channel, while doing nothing to address their need for safe access to an asylum system.
"The inevitable result will be more dangerous journeys and more profits led by ruthless smuggling gangs and other serious criminals exploiting the refusal of the UK and French government to take and share responsibility."
Sadiq Khan, the Labour Mayor of London, has accused the Government of "throwing some red meat to people who are concerned about migration" as he questioned the value of the new migrant deal with France. 
Speaking to Times Radio, Mr Khan said: "My concern is what the Government’s doing today is sort of throwing some red meat to people who are concerned about migration and not addressing what’s the core issue here. 
"We’ve had over the last 11 months 40,000 people crossing the Channel in little boats. So this tough rhetoric clearly isn’t working by itself."
Sadiq Khan has reiterated his call for the Government to introduce a private-sector rent freeze in London.
The Labour Mayor of London told Times Radio the policy would "give respite" to renters facing additional challenges around the cost of living.
He added that new research showed four out of 10 of those renting in London "won’t be able to pay their rents in the next six months".
These are the key points in the new £63 million deal: 
Some 853 people were detected crossing the English Channel in small boats yesterday, the Ministry of Defence said. It follows 972 crossings on Saturday.
The cumulative number of crossings this year now stands at a provisional total of 41,738. Total crossings last year were 28,526.
David Davis, the former Cabinet minister, said he believes the expected extension of the windfall tax on energy and gas giants at the Autumn Statement is "almost inevitable" as he warned there is a "risk" it will drive firms away from investing in Britain.
He told Times Radio; "My hunch is that’s almost inevitable, to be honest. The trouble is, it’s got real consequences. It’s going to drive people away, not just energy companies, it’s going to drive other companies away from investing in Britain.
"That’s the risk of that. But I suspect that’s the least pain outcome, it is exactly why Labour is supporting it."
David Davis, the Tory former Brexit secretary, said Jeremy Hunt is on a "complete razor edge" ahead of the Autumn Statement on Thursday. 
He said that if the Chancellor gets the "balancing act" wrong when increasing taxes and cutting public spending he could tip the UK into a longer and deeper recession. 
Speaking to Times Radio, he said: "The idea of completely balancing the books is a fallacious one, frankly. What the Chancellor has to do is persuade the markets that the books will balance over a few years cycle, not over one year, and that’s where the balancing argument comes, you know, how much is too much and this is a fine judgement. 
"I don’t envy him at all. He’s on a complete razor edge with this, in making that judgement, and if he gets it wrong then there’ll be a deeper and longer recession than is necessary to correct this. 
"And in fact, we’ll collect even fewer taxes because of the recession, and the country will suffer for it. So that’s the balancing act."
Foreign Secretary James Cleverly has defended his previous comments on gay fans travelling to Qatar, after he was criticised last month for suggesting that LGBT football fans heading to the World Cup should be "respectful of the host nation".
He told ITV’s Good Morning Britain programme: "Those people who are critical of Qatar hosting the World Cup, that’s a criticism that is better addressed at Fifa, which was the awarding body.
"My focus is to make sure that British visitors, particularly LGBTQ+ visitors to Qatar going to enjoy the World Cup, are safe and that they enjoy their tournament. So my advice was purely about ensuring that they have a safe and secure time at the World Cup.
"We always say that you have to respect the laws of your host nation. That is a universal element of British travel advice.
"There is specific LGBTQ+ plus travel advice on the FCDO website and we get information from a number of sources."
Asked if gay football fans should not hold hands there, he said: "My job is to make sure those fans are safe. I’ve spoken at length with the Qatari authorities on this and it’s worth bearing in mind that men and women don’t typically hold hands in Qatar, and other conservative Muslim countries like Qatar, so my strong advice is to look at the UK Government’s travel advice."
James Cleverly, the Foreign Secretary, said there is "no point in pretending" that the financial markets did not react poorly to Kwasi Kwarteng’s mini-Budget. 
Looking ahead to the Autumn Statement, he told Sky News: "What we have got to do is we recognise the fact that the markets did not respond in the way that we, any of us, would have wanted to to the fiscal statement that Kwasi put forward as chancellor, there is no point in pretending that isn’t the case. 
"What we have got to do is put forward an economic plan that protects the vulnerable and the Prime Minister and the Chancellor have absolutely committed to do that, but also ensures that things like our national cost of borrowing remains moderate and the immediate action the Chancellor and the Prime Minister took have reassured the markets and we will see what further announcements the Chancellor makes in a couple of days time.”
Jeremy Hunt, the Chancellor, said yesterday that "we are going to see everyone paying more” tax as he laid the groundwork for his Autumn Statement which he will deliver on Thursday this week. You can read the full story here
James Cleverly, the Foreign Secretary, was asked this morning if he is content to see the tax burden rise still further having previously backed Liz Truss’s plan for tax cuts. 
He told Sky News: "What we have seen over the tail end of the autumn, we saw some very, very sharp shifts in things like our bonds yields and our cost of borrowing and the Chancellor and the Prime Minister have responded to that. What we have seen actually since Rishi became Prime Minister is the markets have calmed, those long term borrowing costs have come down somewhat, we have seen some stability reenter the market. 
"Now this is still a global issue, we are still seeing interest rates around the world in many instances significantly higher than in the UK, again, in many, many parts of the world, including a number of developed economies with their inflation rates significantly higher than ours. 
"But we recognise there are some difficult decisions that need to be made. We will always, always, and Rishi has got a track record throughout his ministerial career doing this, we will always protect the most vulnerable, always, but we also have to make sure that we balance the finances."
Suella Braverman, the Home Secretary, said there are "no quick fixes" to the Channel migrant crossings crisis. 
She said: "We must do everything we can to stop people making these dangerous journeys and crack down on the criminal gangs.
"This is a global challenge requiring global solutions, and it is in the interests of both the UK and French governments to work together to solve this complex problem.
"There are no quick fixes but this new arrangement will mean we can significantly increase the number of French gendarmes patrolling the beaches in northern France and ensure UK and French officers are working hand in hand to stop the people smugglers."
Rishi Sunak said the UK’s migrant deal with France "isn’t the end of our cooperation" and that it will act as a "foundation" for increased joint working between the countries in the coming months and years. 
Speaking to reporters travelling with him to Indonesia for the G20 summit, the Prime Minister said: "A couple of highlights are a 40 per cent increase in the number of patrols happening, and for the first time, British officials embedded in French operations to strengthen co-ordination and the effectiveness of our operations.
"But that isn’t the end of our cooperation. What the agreement says is that should be a foundation for even greater cooperation in the months ahead.
"When it comes to migration more generally, I do think that the absolute priority that the British people have right now, as do I, is to grip illegal migration.
"I made a commitment that I would grip it in the summer. And I can tell you all that I’ve spent more time working on that than anything else – other than, obviously, the autumn statement – over the past couple of weeks. Look, I’ve been honest that there’s not a single thing to do to fix it and we can’t fix it overnight.
"But there’s a range of things I’m working on, including the French deal, where I’m confident we can bring the numbers down over time and that’s what I’m going to deliver."
Foreign Secretary James Cleverly said he did not know how many people the Government would ultimately send to Rwanda as part of its controversial deal on migrants.
He told Sky News: "We’re going through legal processes to get those flights taken off. We will continue to put forward plans to break the economic model of the people traffickers."
Rishi Sunak labelled Russia a "rogue state" and called out Vladimir Putin for not attending the G20 summit in Bali as the Prime Minister made his way to Indonesia. You can read the full story on the PM’s remarks here
James Cleverly, the Foreign Secretary, was asked this morning if Mr Sunak would have sat down with Mr Putin if the latter had attended the summit. The Russian President has sent Sergei Lavrov, his foreign minister, to represent Russia. 
Mr Cleverly told Sky News: "We will confront Russia about their behaviour. What we are not going to do is we are not going to normalise the relationship with Russia because Russia has invaded its neighbour, it has breached the UN charter." 
Today’s migrant deal between the UK and France is likely to prompt scrutiny of past agreements and raise questions about the effectiveness of previous migrant pacts between the two nations. 
James Cleverly, the Foreign Secretary, today insisted those deals have been "effective" but conceded that "significant numbers of people" are still crossing the Channel illegally. 
He told Sky News: "Those deals have been effective. They have not completely stopped the crossings but, for example, France has stopped 29,000 illegal crossings, that is twice the number that they stopped in the previousyear. These are significant numbers. 
"Sadly, unfortunately, there are still significant numbers of people crossing the Channel so we have got to work on that, we have also got to work on repatriating them back to their countries quickly. 
"But these agreements do have an effect. They are not the complete solution."
Suella Braverman, the Home Secretary, said today’s deal with France is not a "silver bullet" to solve the Channel migrant crossings crisis but that it does represent "real wins" for both Paris and London. 
She said: "It’s not a silver bullet but I think for the first time we have some real wins for both the French and the UK.
"First of all we will have embedded observers. That means there will be British officers working on the ground with French officers to detect and intercept the illegal migrants as they attempt to leave France."
James Cleverly said the ultimate aim of the new migrants deal with France is to "completely" stop illegal Channel crossings – but he appeared to concede that will be tough to deliver. 
The Foreign Secretary told Sky News: "Ultimately what we want to see is these crossings reduce completely but we have to be realistic that the people traffickers are working incredibly hard to try and beat law enforcement.
"We need to work just as hard to counter their illegal activities."
James Cleverly, the Foreign Secretary, said the UK and France have agreed a new deal to crackdown on migrant Channel crossings because both countries recognise "we have got to get a grip" of the issue.
He told Sky News: "We have got to get a grip of the international trade in human misery. These people traffickers who are putting lives at risk by facilitating the illegal crossing of migrants into the UK and around the world, we have got to get a grip of that and we have got to do that with partners."
Britain and France today signed a new £63 million agreement to pay for a 40 per cent increase in the number of officers patrolling French beaches in an attempt to stop more migrant crossings.
The deal – agreed in Paris by Suella Braverman, the Home Secretary, and her French counterpart, Gerald Darmanin – will also see UK officers embedded with their French counterparts in northern France, starting in control rooms to share live intelligence and direct the deployment of vessels, drones and police.
The money – an increase on last year’s £54 million funding from the UK – will also pay for more surveillance equipment including drones and night vision goggles.
It is hoped that increasing the number of officers on patrol to more than 300 by the middle of next year will boost the proportion of migrants stopped before they leave French shores.
You can read the full details of the deal in this story. 
Good morning and welcome to today’s politics live blog. 
The big news this morning is the announcement of a new landmark deal between Britain and France to crackdown on the Channel migrant crossings crisis. 
Meanwhile, Rishi Sunak is set to land in Bali, Indonesia, as he attends the G20 summit.
It will be a busy start to what will be a busy week in Westminster ahead of the Autumn Statement on Thursday. 
I will be on hand to guide you through the key developments. 
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