Home secretary James Cleverly admits he has ‘no idea’ how many people are on Bibby Stockholm

James Cleverly, the home secretary, could not say how many asylum seekers were living on the Bibby Stockholm barge when asked on Tuesday morning (25 June).

After taking a question from an LBC caller on immigration, host Nick Ferrari then asked how many people were currently on the vessel.

“I don’t have the precise figures for today,” Mr Cleverly responded.

Asked if he had “an idea” of the numbers, after a pause he replied: “I don’t want to guess.”

Mr Cleverly added that the barge was “part of the plan that has allowed us to close asylum hotels” when asked if it was working.