Asylum seekers displace Open Championship bosses: Organisers of prestigious golf tournament have to change hotel plans because venue is being used to house migrants
- Event organisers R&A found a hotel it would normally book was not available
Organisers of The Open golf championship have had to change their hotel plans because a venue they planned to use is full of asylum-seekers.
Sources at the R&A, which is running the historic event at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club in July, discovered a hotel it would normally book was not available.
It said other arrangements had been made. A source added: ‘We did have to change tack when we realised it wasn’t available.’
Home Secretary Suella Braverman faces pressure to cut the £6 million-a-day cost of housing more than 51,000 migrants. MP Sir John Hayes, of the Tory Common Sense Group, said: ‘When as august a sporting event as The Open is affected, it shows how right the Home Secretary is to tackle this crisis.’
R&A sources did not name the hotel. But it is thought to have previously used Hoylake Holiday Inn Express.
Sources at the R&A, which is running the historic event at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club (above) in July, discovered a hotel it would normally book was not available
IHG, the hotel’s owner, did not comment. The Home Office said it was making every effort to reduce hotel use.
In comments yesterday, Ms Braverman urged Parliament to back the Illegal Migration Bill, and called on the Labour Party to ‘get behind it and not frustrate the will of the people’.
And last night, senior Tory MP Sir John Hayes, chairman of the party’s Common Sense Group, said: ‘When even as august a sporting event as the Open is being affected, it shows how right the Home Secretary is to tackle this crisis.’
The Open is returning to the Royal Liverpool for the first time since 2014.
R&A sources yesterday declined to say which hotel was not available to them this time.
But it is understand that their staff have previously used the Holiday Inn Express in Hoylake.
Billed as a ‘charming 3-star’ hotel, it has been used to house asylum seekers previously even though its hotel’s proximity to the Royal Liverpool course was reportedly a factor in its £5.5 million revamp a decade ago.
Yesterday, signs identifying the hotel as a Holiday Inn appeared to have been taken down, with a woman stationed outside the entrance saying: ‘I’m sorry the hotel is closed to the public.
Home Secretary Suella Braverman faces pressure to cut the £6 million-a-day cost of housing more than 51,000 migrants
IHG, the owners of the hotel chain, declined to comment.
The Home Office said it did not comment on which specific hotels were being used to house asylum seekers.
But a spokesman said: ‘The number of people arriving in the UK who require accommodation has reached record levels and has put our asylum system under incredible strain.
‘We have been clear that the use of hotels to house asylum seekers is unacceptable – there are currently more than 51,000 asylum seekers in hotels costing the UK taxpayer £6 million a day.
‘The Home Office is committed to making every effort to reduce hotel use and limit the burden on the taxpayer.’