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1.James Cleverly spent £165,000 on flight to Rwanda to sign deportation deal

James Cleverly, the home secretary, spent £165,561 chartering a private jet for a one-day round trip to Rwanda to sign Rishi Sunak’s deportation deal in Kigali.

The trip took place on 4 December to sign the new deal with the east African state after the supreme court’s finding that Rwanda was an “unsafe country”.


Cleverly travelled to Kigali with officials and a TV crew and signed the new legally binding treaty alongside Rwanda’s foreign affairs minister, Vincent Biruta.

The disclosure comes just weeks after the government was heavily criticised for planning to spend £1.8m on each of the first 300 asylum seekers it plans to send to Rwanda.

Cleverly was the third home secretary to make his way to Rwanda to sign an agreement, following in the steps of his predecessors Priti Patel and Suella Braverman.

The cost of charting a private jet was disclosed in a transparency document on Thursday.

The treaty signed by Cleverly established a new appeal body, to be made up of judges with asylum expertise from a range of countries, to hear individual cases.

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