Statement from the Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration, John Vine CBE QPM:
“My Annual Report for 2013/14, which is published in December, will mark six years since I was appointed Chief Inspector and set up this Inspectorate. During that period I have agreed to two extensions to my original term of office at the request of the Home Secretary, and I feel now is the time to move on.
As such, I have informed the Home Secretary of my intention to resign as the Chief Inspector on 31st December 2014.
I am immensely proud of establishing this Inspectorate from scratch, and believe it has been a catalyst for significant change and improvement across the UK’s border and immigration functions. After publishing over 50 inspection reports and making close to 500 recommendations, the time is right for me to seek a new challenge.
I wish to place on record my sincere thanks to the various organisations and individuals I have worked with along the way, and an extra special thanks to my staff – both past and present – in helping me to deliver inspections reports of the highest quality.
By announcing my resignation early I want to give the Home Secretary enough time to appoint a successor and ensure a smooth transition of arrangements.
Leaving at the end of the year and before the next general election, rather than in July 2015 when my term is due to end, makes sense.”
John Vine CBE QPM
Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration