Fury as Border Force chiefs blow £1,500 of public cash on Indian meal for French officials to discuss migrant crisis

epa10141301 Border Force and the military escort migrant ashore at Dover Docks after they crossed the English Channel in Dover, Britain, 27 August 2022. According to provisional Government figures, over 22,600 people had arrived in the UK via small boats from France in 2022 by 25 August, when the cumulative total of arrivals at the equivalent point in 2021 was just under 12,500, with total crossings that year reaching 28,526. EPA/STUART BROCK

BORDER Force chiefs tried to curry favour with the French over the migrant crisis.

They forked out nearly £1,500 of public cash on an Indian meal weeks before Paris demanded £94million more from the UK to police its beaches.

Boarder chiefs forked out £1.5K of public cash on Indian meal for 16 high-level French officials

A group of 16 “high-level French officials” were treated to a £1,411.12 business lunch at the Cinnamon Club in London’s Westminster in May.

The innovative Indian eatery is famed for its decor in a book-lined former Victorian library with downstairs cocktail bar.

An eight course tasting menu will set customers back £90, and includes dishes like a slow braised lamb leg, chargrilled obsiblue king prawns with an Alleppey curry sauce and a Tandoori spiced Balmoral Estate venison.

A month earlier Border Force officials spent £930 on bedding from John Lewis for one of their Channel cutters.

They claimed nothing was available from usual stockists.

Dover MP Natalie Elphicke said: “Meetings between border chiefs should be held on the frontline in Dover or Calais not in swanky London restaurants.

“The Channel crossing crisis needs to be tackled seriously and at pace.

“The next Prime Minister needs to make tackling the small boats crisis a key priority.”

A Home Office spokesman said: “We are committed to delivering the best value for money for the taxpayer.

“We ensure all spending is carefully scrutinised.”

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