Britain’s beleaguered Home Secretary, Suella Braverman, denied ignoring legal advice on housing asylum seekers as she addressed the Commons this afternoon, but reinstated her commitment to “stopping the invasion on our southern coast.”

Braverman was seeking to defend her involvement in the turmoil at the Manston asylum processing centre in Kent. She denied accusations that she had breached her legal duties by ignoring official advice to sign off on urgent measures to move asylum seekers into hotels to reduce unsafe levels of overcrowding at the centre. On no occasion did she block hotels or “veto advice to procure extra and emergency accommodation,” Braverman insisted, adding that 30 new hotels had been agreed under watch.