UK Immigration News: Labour’s Immigration Policy Criticised

Former Labour cabinet minister Alan Milburn has criticised the direction the Labour Party has taken in relation to its immigration policy. He has accused the party leader Ed Miliband of “conniving in Tory consensus” that UK needs fewer foreign workers.

Ed Miliband: Labour Will Cut Immigration If They Win

Speaking at Labour’s annual conference in Brighton, the Labour leader has said he would impose curbs on the number of low-skilled migrants allowed to enter the UK. It can be said that this is the beginning of an attempt to demonstrate that the party has broken with its past in which it was seen as “soft” on immigration.

Ed Miliband stated that if the party wins at the 2015 elections, they would legislate for an immigration bill which would be introduced within 12 months which would secure control of the UK’s borders and “cracks down on exploitation of workers coming here undercutting workers already here, and says to big companies that bring in people from outside the EU that they can do that, within a cap, but they have got to train the next generation.”

Labour Party’s UK Immigration Policy Criticised

Following Ed Miliband’s speech, Alan Milburn has spoken of his concern that the Labour party is following the steps of the Conservatives as Ed Miliband made it clear that Labour would cut the number of foreign workers coming to the UK.

Alan Milburn is of the opinion that the UK’s future relies on more immigration not less and “if we’ve got an ageing population, with fewer domestically produced workers, the gap can only be closed if we are prepared in a sensible, managed and rational way to encourage immigration not close it down.”

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