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17 people on Jamaica deportation flight, No 10 confirms

Downing Street said that 17 individuals were on board this morning’s deportation flight to Jamaica while 25 remained in the UK because of a Court of Appeal ruling.

Boris Johnson’s official spokesman said the government would be urgently appealing against the court decision. “There are 25 foreign national offenders who the court ruled could not be removed and all therefore still in the country,” the spokesman said

“We bitterly regret this decision which prevents the removal from our country of foreign criminals convicted of rape, manslaughter, sexual offences, violence and drug offences which spread misery across our communities.

“We make no apology whatsoever for seeking to remove serious foreign national offenders. We will be urgently appealing.”

Those who avoided removal are being held in removal centres but are now able to launch applications for release on bail.

The prime minister will conduct a reshuffle of his ministerial team on Thursday and then chair a meeting of cabinet on Friday, his official spokesman also confirmed.

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