UKIP Transport spokesman Jill Seymour has condemned the founder of a British charity for claiming lorry drivers should ‘change their jobs’ instead of complaining about attacks by migrants in Calais.
Clare Moseley, the founder of Care4Calais, outraged haulage bosses by saying it was 'not the end of the world' if British drivers were forced from their work, because they would be able to find other employment.
“Her comments are naïve, irresponsible and frankly quite outrageous,” said Mrs Seymour, who has raised growing concerns at the escalating number of violent attacks on British truckers.
“Our lorry drivers are running the gauntlet outside the Channel Tunnel while simply going about their daily business, and these comments are inflammatory, unjustified, and hugely unhelpful.
“It is the migrants who are committing crimes, and it is their behaviour which should be under scrutiny – not the innocent hauliers who are doing their jobs in the face of growing threats and intimidation.”
She added: “Why is it that the law-abiding majority are always expected to pay, or make compromises, for the misdemeanours of the lawless minority?
“It is all very well trying to improve living conditions for migrants living in the jungle camp at Calais, but Ms Moseley should remember that our hauliers deserve humanitarian treatment too.
“To suggest that they should go and find another job instead of complaining about the way they are being treated is a disgrace. Would she say the same if our teachers were being attacked in their classrooms, or nurses assaulted on hospital wards?
“No one has a right to threaten, intimidate or physically attack British lorry drivers. These unprovoked incidents must be tackled before someone gets seriously injured, or even killed.”
Mrs Seymour said haulage companies were informing her of growing levels of aggression and attacks around the entrance to the Channel Tunnel, involving knives, hammers, iron bars, baseball bats and even guns.
“There have even been incidents of migrants dropping lumps of concrete from motorway bridges or threatening injury unless drivers let them inside their cabs – that’s how desperate they are to reach Britain.”