Adam Holloway, the MP for Gravesham, claimed to an astonished House of Commons that refugees often go on holiday to the very places they've fled from – apparently including his barber.
During an emergency debate on the refugee crisis, Holloway said: "It's quite possible to be a refugee and an economic migrant, and I think that's one of the appalling truths, if you like, of the Syrian bodies that are being washed up on the beaches.
"They previously got to safe countries and now they're choosing to come in Europe. Again, I would do it. We have people in this country who have come here, have claimed asylum, and then they go back on holiday in the places they've claimed asylum from.
"I couldn't have my hair cut the other day for that reason."
Following the claim, Labour MP Stephen Doughty told Holloway he was out of step with public opinion.
"I'm sorry, but the honourable member opposite [Holloway] is doing what some of this debate are doing incredibly unhelpfully," Doughty said, "which is constantly blurring the lines and definitions between refugee, migrant, economic migrant, asylum-seeker.
"The reality is he's out of step with what the British public feel about this."
Jamie Ross is a Scotland reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Edinburgh.
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