Home Office moves asylum seekers out of Milton Keynes hotel

    It comes after it was revealed that the Newport Pagnell hotel is owned by a convicted criminal.

    Earlier this month, it was reported that 200 single asylum seekers were set to move into the Harben House hotel in Newport Pagnell.

    Since then, it has been revealed that the hotel is owned by Tulip Real Estate Ltd, a company majority owned by Mr Siddharth Mahajan. 

    Mr Siddharth Mahajan was convicted in 2019 of several offences under the Proceeds of Crime Act which included perverting the course of justice and forging documents.

    The findings led to the MP for MK North and the Council Leader demanding the Home Office to suspend the use of the hotel as accommodation.

    Now, the MP for Milton Keynes North has stated that the Home Office has moved all asylum seekers out of the hotel. 

    "I have been clear that a convicted criminal should not be running asylum seeker accommodation and there are currently no plans to move any more asylum seekers into the hotel while the contractual situation is reviewed," Ben Everitt MP said in a post to residents.

    A call was also made by the leader of Milton Keynes City Council for the government to set up an inquiry to find out why the contract was awarded.

    Mr Siddharth Mahajan was convicted in 2019 of several offences under the Proceeds of Crime Act in relation to illegal HMO accommodation.

    Barking and Dagenham Council told the BBC earlier this month that it had investigated Mahajan for converting three family homes in Barking, east London, into HMOs without planning permission.

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