Linton On Ouse campaigners hope new Prime Minister will cancel asylum seeker centre plans at the RAF base in their village
The centre, which does not yet have an opening date, could see up to 1500 lone men living in the village’s disused RAF base while their asylum seeker claims are considered.
It forms part of Boris Johnson’s flagship immigration policy, which also covers controversial plans to deport people to Rwanda.
But with a new Prime Minister - and potential Home Secretary - on the horizon, campaigners are hoping the plans will never come to fruition.
Olga Matthias of the Linton Action Group said: “The mood is hopeful and that we will get an incumbent who is serious and measured with the ability to look at the facts and make a considered decision.
“Our strapline is ‘wrong plan, wrong place. The root of the problem is the Home Office.’”
Ms Matthias said the group would be campaigning all of the leadership candidates to come out against the plans as part of their pitch to Tory MPs.
But Kevin Hollinrake, who has already come out for former Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak, said his support was not subject to Mr Sunak pledging against the centre.
“I don’t think that’s the kind of thing that would be constructive or helpful, but it’s a conversation I’ve had with various parties already,” he said.