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After Michael Howard criticising Mr Blair over security at ports, he produced the following manifesto pledge:
First of all we will take proper control of our borders. We will ensure 24-hour surveillance at our ports, and restore full embarkation controls. Border security is currently divided between seven different bodies reporting to three different cabinet ministers.
This fails to mention what Mr Letwin was forced into admitting: that the Conservatives were only going to provide twenty-four hour security for the twenty-four busiest ports. Leaving over 600 without 24-hour security. Which is hardly ‘taking proper control of our borders’.