The government’s controversial ‘racist van’ scheme has been permanently scrapped after just one person was persuaded to leave the country.
The £10,000 billboard campaign warning illegal immigrants to “go home or face arrest” was piloted in six London boroughs earlier this year.
One Pakistani man contacted the Home Office over the summer after reading about the campaign in the Guardian. He had not seen any of the vans himself.
Theresa May today admitted the scheme had not worked.
“I think politicians should be willing to step up to the plate and say when something actually hasn’t been a good idea,” she told the House of Commons.
“We won’t be rolling out the vans. They were too much of a blunt instrument,” she added.
The scheme had faced strong opposition from the Conservative’s Liberal Democrat coalition partners, who claimed not to have been aware of the pilot until it began.