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Reducing immigration from the EU
02/10/2014 14:01:00


Allowing hard-working people with the skills we need to settle here is good for our country. But we’re a small, already densely populated island so numbers have to be controlled.

This Government has reduced immigration by a quarter. However, as the graph shows this headline figure disguises the fact that while immigration from outside the EU is down significantly, immigration from inside the EU - over which we currently have no control - has increased.

I was really pleased to hear the Prime Minister tackle this issue head on in his speech:

"We need controlled borders and an immigration system that puts the British people first.

"That’s why we’ve capped economic migration from outside the EU, shut down 700 bogus colleges that were basically visa factories and kicked out people who don’t belong here like Abu Qatada.

"But we know the bigger issue today is migration from within the EU. Immediate access to our welfare system. Paying benefits to families back home. Employment agencies signing people up from overseas and not recruiting here. Numbers that have increased faster than we in this country wanted at a level that was too much for our communities, for our labour markets.

"All of this has to change - and it will be at the very heart of my renegotiation strategy for Europe. Britain, I know you want this sorted so I will go to Brussels, I will not take no for an answer and when it comes to free movement – I will get what Britain needs.

"Anyone who thinks I can’t or won’t deliver this – judge me by my record. I’m the first Prime Minister to veto a Treaty, the first Prime Minister to cut the European budget and yes I pulled us out of those European bail-out schemes as well. Around that table in Europe they know I say what I mean and mean what I say.

"So we’re going to go in as a country, get our powers back, fight for our national interest and yes we’ll put it to a referendum. In or out – it will be your choice.

"And let the message go out from this hall: it is only with a Conservative Government that you will get that choice."

This is what my constituents have been waiting to hear. They're not anti-immigration. Many of them are migrants themselves or the children of migrants and those who are not have friends, neighbours and colleagues at work who are. They know from personal experience that many of the people who settle here work hard and make a great contribution to our town.

They simply want this country to have control of how many people come here so that the numbers can be brought down. It's fantastic news that the Prime Minister has made this the focus of his efforts to renegotiate our relationship with the EU.

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Readers' Comments

On 04/10/2014 11:33:00 Allen Ridley wrote:
Hi Gavin, these comments echo, I'm sure, the thoughts and ambitions of our population. Regards, Allen ridley
On 06/10/2014 12:17:00 Danny Summerton wrote:
The main points that want to be adressed on immagration to make it fair to everyone.

Stop handouts we need a qualifing time that you pay in before you draw out, not money as soon as you arrive.

No free accommodation especially while we still have people living on the streets in this country.

No free medical help while we have people still awaiting operations, and medicines that are to expensive.

Criminals with serious offences allowed to wander around our country there shoul be a shared data base to stop this between countries.

Everybody that comes in is anserable to our laws and NOT other countries or religious laws.

Human rights need to be rewritten to allow for good intentions not that a prison can't get strawberry jam, if I was Escaping from a countrie I would go to the nearest safe place but all I imaergrants seem to want to come to hand out Britain. let's see if some of these ideas make sense and could be put into working practice.

On 10/12/2014 14:07:00 Sumon Kar wrote:
If British people come first why as am I being forced to stay away from my non EU spouse? As per your government family life can continue from overseas through new technology, through overseas visits and for family to function normally and it is not a requirement that they need to stay together. Really? Have you tried or Theresa May? I understand people should have some sort of income to bring their spouses and it is not fair for other tax payers to foot the bill. You have completely ignored contractors who have £18600 earned legally but still unable to bring their spouses due to mandatory document requirement which makes no sense because apparently it is against Home Office policy to explain why it is needed. You have no idea, how British Citizens are suffering due to Hitlerish, immoral policies. No wonder UKs full of broken societies with no family values.



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