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Joe Lycett has been praised after mocking the UK authorities’s method to immigration in the...

Joe Lycett has been praised after mocking the UK authorities’s method to immigration in the course of the Commonwealth games opening ceremony in Birmingham.

The comic, wearing a frilly pink and white tracksuit, was a part of the presentation of the ceremony on Thursday.

Lycett, who hails from the host metropolis, declared himself as “Birmingham’s reply to Sporty Spice” as he launched athletes from Asia.

“I’m thrilled to be right here subsequent to all these pyrotechnics on this extremely flammable outfit,” he stated.

“I’m going to do one thing now that the British authorities doesn’t all the time do, and welcome some foreigners and welcome the area of Asia.”

He later included dwelling secretary Priti Patel in a tweet saying it was “only a little bit of banter”.

The Conservative authorities has confronted fierce criticism for a sequence of hardline immigration insurance policies, together with the Windrush scandal and most not too long ago its plan to ship migrants to Rwanda.

The primary deportation flight was grounded in June after a sequence of authorized challenges, and one other try is but to be scheduled.

The coverage is a response to hundreds of individuals reaching the UK after navigating busy transport lanes from France in small boats for the reason that begin of this 12 months.

Among the many reward, one Twitter person stated Lycett ought to get a knighthood.

Fellow comic Sir Lenny Henry kicked off the 2022 video games and athlete’s parade within the metropolis.

A forged of different well-known faces together with Motsi Mabuse and US rock star Lenny Kravitz delivered digital messages of help to the opponents as they entered the Alexander Stadium on Thursday night time.

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The opening ceremony closed with a bang and a brief setlist from Birmingham band Duran Duran.