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More than 800 migrants crossed the Channel yesterday, the highest figure since November 2022.

The Home Office said 882 people made the dangerous journey in 15 boats on Tuesday.

It takes the provisional total for the number of arrivals to the UK so far this year to 12,313.

This is 18% higher than this time last year when 10,472 crossings were recorded, and up 5% on the total at this stage in 2022 (11,690).

Last year, 29,437 migrants arrived in the UK, down 36% on a record 45,774 arrivals in 2022.

It’s the highest number of arrivals since November 29 2022, when 893 migrants were intercepted.

It comes as Rishi Sunak warned Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer would make the UK the “soft touch of Europe” on illegal immigration if he wins the General Election.

The Prime Minister told LBC: “If you care about stopping the boats, I am the only one who has got a plan to do it.

„We have got, over the last 12 months the numbers are down, it shows you can make progress.

„But the only way to fully solve this issue is to have a deterrent so that if people come to our country illegally they won’t get to stay.

“And what I would say to everybody is when I was making my first speech on that I said where we lead others will follow.

„What we have now seen is multiple other European countries agree with our approach.

“The only person who doesn’t is Keir Starmer. He will release everyone we have detained, cancel the flights and that just means we will become the soft touch of Europe.”

In a sign of Tory unity, former Home Secretary Suella Braverman joined with Mr Sunak’s messaging, warning that a vote for Labour would not stop the boats.

Ms Braverman said: „Don’t fall for the biggest lie in British politics right now. Labour will not stop the boats“.

„Quite the contrary: the problem will only get worse.“

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