Neil Hamilton weighs in on Stradey Park Hotel protest

FORMER  member of the Senedd Neil Hamilton has visited the  Stradey Park Hotel, Llanelli to voice some concerns over the UK Government’s decision to accommodate over 200 asylum seekers. Mr Hamilton was in Llanelli on Sunday, 16th July.

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Mr Hamilton  criticised Llanelli’s Labour MP Dame Nia Griffith and  Lee Waters MS for not acting quickly enough and not visiting the hotel often enough to answer questions regarding Welsh Labour’s involvement.

Both Nia Griffith and Lee Waters have been active in seeking alternatives to the plans by the Home Office and both have met with local representatives. residents and protesters.

Tensions were heightened at the Hotel  as the date for the arrival of the asylum seekers drew nearer. There have also been  legal disputes and challenges taking place over land ownership around the hotel entrance and an unauthorised entrance being formed via a hedge, which  placed increased pressures on Dyfed Powys Police.

Security guards left the site recently to loud cheers from those who have been protesting outside the hotel.

Critics claim there has been a lack of engagement from the Home Office.

100 staff members (Part time and full time) have been made redundant at the hotel.

Concerns were also raised by Nia Griffith MP regarding the influence of far right groups who arrived in the town.

It is understood that the Reform UK party leader Richard Tice has also visited the site and had talks with potential candidates to stand against Nia Griffith MP and Lee Waters MS at the next general and Senedd elections.

Similar plans to house a backlog of asylum seekers continue throughout the UK with ongoing protests arising as a result.

The global issue is set to impact more locations across the UK as the Home Office seeks solutions.

 

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