Dozens of migrants were found floating in the sea, after their dinghy, which has been likened to a “blow-up paddling pool in a garden”, was hit by a large ship, causing it to capsize.
Among the dead were five women and a young girl.
The Prime Minister said the UK Government would increase its support and suggested that he backed joint patrols on French beaches to intercept migrants.
Later on Thursday, Stephen Barclay will face Cabinet Office questions for the first time since he was tasked with reviewing how to prevent migrants from crossing the Channel.
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