Multi-millionaire landlord Fergus Wilson (main pic) has offered of help the government in its bid to house asylum seekers.
He has written to Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab (pictured) offering his remaining 150 houses from the recent sale of his 970-strong portfolio. This follows his offer last week to sell four empty apartment blocks – containing about 21 flats – at Littlestone, New Romney, Folkestone and Wateringbury to the Home Office or Kent County Council to help address the issue of homeless asylum seekers.
In his latest letter, Wilson explains, “It seems the extraction from Kabul has all the hallmarks of the extraction from Saigon! Unless the UK acts extremely quickly the translators and their families will be butchered.”
He adds: “If the UK brings them to Kent, I can offer to sell to HMG 150 houses to accommodate them. They are those remaining from my landlord portfolio which I have been selling off.”
The UK has announced that it will waive border rules to allow Afghan asylum seekers to flee the Taliban to Britain without a passport. Defence Secretary Ben Wallace says the Government wants to make it easier for interpreters and contractors who supported Western forces to seek asylum.
Meanwhile, the Home Office has announced that it’s looking for contractors to build and run centres for more than 8,000 asylum seekers who would live in them for up to six months while their applications are dealt with.
Wilson believes that the Government has a duty of care towards the translators and their families, however, he is doubtful that the Government will take him up on his offer. He tells The Negotiator: “I believe that government departments are far too long winded. It really is a case of too little too late.”