Milton Keynes MP calls for use of asylum seeker hotel to be suspended

    The asylum seeker hotel is raking up to £24,000 per day, government figures suggest.

    Harben House hotel in Newport Pagnell has started to welcome around 270 asylum seekers, with the first arriving last Friday.

    It has today been revealed that the hotel in Newport Pagnell, Milton Keynes 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 matter was in relation to illegal HMO accommodation, the case has today been reported by the BBC.

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

    The revelation has lead to urgent calls from the City Council leader and MK Labour party to immediately terminate the contract.

    Now, Ben Everitt, MP for Milton Keynes north is asking the Home Secretary to suspend the use of the site and launch an investigation.

    “I have already raised this directly with the Home Secretary and asked that the use of the site is suspended and a full investigation is conducted after the current cohort of asylum seekers are processed," Ben Everitt told MKFM.

    “We need to find out the facts as the people of Newport Pagnell deserve much better than this.”

    The Leader of MK City Council earlier today demanded that the government set up an inquiry to find out why the contract was awarded.

    He has also asked that the Home Office publish how much money the contract was worth, if any other property owned by Tulip Real Estate Ltd or Mr Siddharth Mahajan is being used by the Home Office and if any other people convicted of criminal offences have been awarded lucrative funding to house asylum seekers. 

    READ MORE - HOTEL HOUSING ASYLUM SEEKERS IN MILTON KEYNES OWNED BY CONVICTED CRIMINAL AS COUNCIL LEADER CALLS FOR ACTION

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