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Priti Patel updates MPs on Essex container deaths

Home Secretary Priti Patel updated the Commons on the discovery of the 39 bodies in a container lorry in Essex.

"While the nationalities of the victims are not yet known, I have asked my officials to work closely with the investigation to provide all assistance we can," she said.

Priti Patel updates MPs on Essex container deaths

Priti Patel: 'Stand by those trafficked'

Police on the scene at Grays
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In response to Diane Abbott's comments, Home Secretary Priti Patel said: "There are some fundamental points about potential links to criminality and what we should be doing as a country to stand by those who really should not be trafficked in any way whatsoever.

"As a country we lead the world in many of our ways of working internationally. I think fundamentally there is always a point of international co-operation or collaboration."

Ms Patel said the UK had to "do the right thing as a country" to uphold the "right kind of values". She said this meant making sure people fleeing war zones and conflicts were given asylum "in the right way".

Priti Patel: It's a 'truly shocking incident'

Priti Patel speaking in Parliament
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The Home Secretary Priti Patel has been speaking in the House of Commons after Essex Police launched the murder investigation.

"This is truly a truly shocking incident," she said. "My thoughts and all thoughts and condolences are with the victims and their loved ones at this utterly terrible time."

Priti Patel: Home Office to work with agencies

Priti Patel
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Home Secretary Priti Patel continued: "While the nationalities of the victims are not yet known, I have asked my officials to work closely with the investigation to provide all assistance we can.

"This is on top of the joint work that is taking place already between the police, Border Force, Immigration Enforcement, the National Crime Agency and other enforcement agencies."

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Priti Patel on Harry Dunn crash and Brexit

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