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Labour MP blames govt 'Go home' vans for mosque attack

HOME OFFICE MESSAGE: A controversial "Go home" van (PA)

A LABOUR MP has blamed the Government's "go home" vans for a racist attack on a mosque in Corby.

Andy Sawford, Corby's parliamentary representative, believes there is a connection between the Home Office's controversial vans sent to the Northamptonshire area, shortly before an attack on the Corby mosque which left him “appalled.”

The 37-year-old said: "When I visited a week after the Home Office's racist go home vans had been touring in the town - the mosque in Corby - I was appalled to find the words in very large letters 'go home' outside the mosque."

ACCUSATION: Andy Sawford blames government immigration campaigning for a mosque attack (PA)

He suggested that the culprits were motivated by the vehicles, and that the Home Office's choice of wording gave them a sense of legitimacy.

"That act was the act of a tiny minority of the people in my community spurred on by this Government's racist attack on the people of this country," he said.

The vans have also been present on the streets of London with the message calling on illegal immigrants "to leave or face arrest".

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