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Outrage as David Cameron calls Calais refugees 'bunch of migrants' at Prime Minister's questions

By Adam Withnall

Published 27/01/2016

Prime Minister David Cameron has faced an immediate backlash after he dismissively described refugees fleeing war in squalid camps in Calais as "a bunch of migrants".

Speaking at Prime Minister's Questions, Mr Cameron ranked Jeremy Corbyn's visit to refugee camps in northern France with political issues such as the Falklands and the unions.

Mr Corbyn met women with emaciated children and victims of torture when he went to Calais and the less well-known but "far worse" camp of Grande-Synth near Dunkirk.

On Wednesday lunchtime, the Prime Minister responded to questions from Mr Corybn on the tax deal signed with Google this week and whether or not more could have been taken by HMRC.

He said: "The idea that those two right honourable gentlemen would stand up to anyone in this regard is laughable.

"Look at the record over the last week, they met with the unions and gave them flying pickets.

"They met with the Argentinians and they gave them the Falkland Islands.

"They met with a bunch of migrants in Calais they said they could all come to Britain.

"The only people they never stand up for are the British people and hard-working tax-payers."

Some backbench MPs shouted back "bunch of migrants?!" in apparent shock.

Yvette Cooper, Labour's former shadow Home Secretary, said she has raised a point of order calling for him to withdraw the "divisive, not statesmanlike" comment.

Andy Burnham, the current shadow Home Secretary, said: "Once again, Cameron's mask slips. He just dismissed desperate people fleeing conflict as a "bunch of migrants" - on Holocaust Memorial Day."

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