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The new Home Secretary has had no trouble getting into her new role. Just days after her appointment, she launched the promised Border Security Command (BSC).

The BSC was one of the cornerstones of Sir Keir Starmer’s manifesto – Labour’s solution to the small boat crisis.

The scheme is being at least partly funded by freeing up £75 million from the now-cancelled Rwanda programme.

Yvette Cooper has taken the first steps towards the creation of the BSC, which promises to “strengthen UK border security and defeat the criminal smuggling gangs who make millions from small boat crossings”.

The plan includes the rapid recruitment of an “exceptional leader,” starting tomorrow.

‘We can’t continue like this’

The new recruit, who is expected to take up his post in the coming weeks, will report directly to the office of the Minister of the Interior.

They will be tasked with setting ‘strategic direction’ for all agencies, including the National Crime Agency, the police, immigration enforcement and border control.

Ms Cooper is also preparing legislation that will give the BSC new counter-terrorism powers and has commissioned a review into the routes and tactics used by smuggling gangs.

She said it would be a “huge step forward” in the UK’s efforts to tackle organised immigration crime, by working “across Europe” and cooperating with prosecutors on the continent.

“We cannot continue with this,” she said, adding that the BSC will be a “significant improvement” to the immigration system Labour inherited.

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