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Priti Patel’s borders bill at risk after Lords vote down central policies

Policy proposals that are central to Priti Patel’s controversial borders bill have been voted down in the House of Lords, in what campaigners have described as a “victory for compassion”.

Lords voted to remove clause 9, which would allow the home secretary to remove a person’s British citizenship without having to notify them if she believed it was in the interests of national security, diplomacy or “otherwise in the public interest”.

The government has been able to deprive people of their citizenship for more than a century – but never without informing them. Experts have warned that this policy would leave large swathes of people, particularly those from black and ethnic minority communities, at risk and lead to Windrush-style injustices.

Responding to the Lords’ rejection of clause 9, Maya Foa, director of charity Reprieve, said: “Peers have heard the outcry against this attempted power grab by the home secretary. Now MPs must listen, and strike this discriminatory provision from the bill.

“The government’s powers to strip citizenship are already the broadest in the G20. They are used disproportionately against people from ethnic minorities communities. Today the House of Lords said: enough.”

The bill will now return to the House of Commons, where it is expected to be voted on again within weeks.

Read the full story in The Independent.