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Aileen Campbell, MSP for Clydesdale, this week sought further assurance regarding the treatment of the detainees at Dungavel. When it was reported last week that some of the detainees were refusing to eat, Aileen contacted the Home Office directly to ensure that she was given a full briefing on the situation. Ms Campbell is working with her colleague in the Scottish Government, Alex Neil MSP, who has responsibility over some domestic asylum seeker issues, to ensure detainees are properly treated whilst in Scotland.

Ms Campbell said:

"There were some very worrying reports emanating from Dungavel last week

so I contacted the Home Office directly to get an update on the situation at the centre. If detainees are refusing food then we need a full understanding of why this happens and to find ways to support them. I have been told that there are no more detainees being monitored as a result of refusing food at Dungavel.

"Going forward I am keen to work with Trade Unions and Faith Groups who have expressed an interest this week in making sure those at Dungavel are supported during their detention."

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