Just 62 foreign criminals have been sent home under the Tories despite David Cameron’s pledge to remove thousands from British jails.
The Prime Minister promised a crackdown two years ago after it emerged that more than 11,000 foreign inmates – one in eight prisoners – are clogging up our jails.
But official figures released this week show that fewer offenders are being deported than when Labour was in power.
Since January last year, only 62 have been sent home to serve the rest of their sentences – 25 to just one country, the Netherlands.
Just 30 were returned in total last year – far less than the 89 in 2010 and 64 in 2009. Each inmate costs taxpayers £45,000 a year – meaning the total bill is over £500million.