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SNP attack Jim Murphy over Dungavel

Nationalists said it was a year since Mr Murphy committed to ending the practice when he announced a pilot scheme offering an alternative to the detention of children of failed asylum seekers at the centre.

SNP attack Jim Murphy over Dungavel

Scottish Secretary Jim Murphy has faced fresh calls to stop children being held at Dungavel detention centre.

Nationalists said it was a year since Mr Murphy committed to ending the practice when he announced a pilot scheme offering an alternative to the detention of children of failed asylum seekers at the centre.

But SNP Scotland Office spokesman Angus MacNeil said that Florence Mhango, 32, and her 10-year-old son Tionge, originally from Malawi are being held at Dungavel after a raid at their Glasgow home this week.

Mr MacNeil said: "It has never been right to detain a child behind barbed-wire in Dungavel and there is no excuse for the UK Government's actions this week concerning 10-year-old Tionge Mhango.

"Jim Murphy said last year that these detentions would end - and they have not.

"The Secretary of State must explain why children are still being locked up by his Government."

The Western Isles MP said his understanding was that the Mhango family have co-operated with immigration authorities.

And he said: "The UK Government are imprisoning a youngster in a facility that is not fit for children.

"It is an absolute disgrace, and not something that should happen in Scotland today.

"The SNP has had a long-standing commitment to ending this practice and has repeatedly called on the UK Government to act - not only in practice but in law through the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child."

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