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Backlash over tough immigration stance

07:53 07 October 2015

Home Secretary Theresa May delivers her speech to the Conservative Party conference at Manchester Central. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday October 6, 2015. See PA story TORY Main. Photo credit should read: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Home Secretary Theresa May delivers her speech to the Conservative Party conference at Manchester Central. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday October 6, 2015. See PA story TORY Main. Photo credit should read: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Theresa May faced an angry backlash from business leaders, charities and political opponents as she announced a sharp tightening of rules for asylum and immigration.

In a hard-hitting speech to the Conservative Party conference in Manchester, Mrs May declared the UK “does not need” large numbers of foreign arrivals, warning they are putting British workers out of a job, forcing down wages and making it impossible to create a “cohesive society”.

But the Institute of Directors accused her of “vilifying” migrants for party political reasons, and branded her claims about their impact on the economy as “nonsense”.

But Suffolk’s police and crime commissioner Tim Passmore, who was at the party conference, backed Mrs May’s stance. “Immigration is something I have been concerned about for a long time,” he added.

He said that there was a “world of difference” between those in genuine need and economic migrants, which he said put “huge pressure on the public sector, housing, health, schools”, adding that “mixing different cultures can present challenges.”

22 comments

  • I'm quite happy to give my house, car, and contents of my bank account to economic migrants when David Cameron does the same. Childish I know but if anyone comes here to work or as a bona fide, checked out refugee I welcome them. Strangely, it's the others I object to.

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    el dingo

    Wednesday, October 7, 2015

  • Its ironic that Axiom calls the British "sheep" yet he is one of the followers from Poland who have come here to ply their trade (maybe, maybe not).

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    MyOwnViews

    Wednesday, October 7, 2015

  • Why is the Suffolk police and crime commissioner commenting? Is he implying that the immigrants are all criminals? What a stupid man.

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    Tootyfrooty

    Wednesday, October 7, 2015

  • yes Suffolk boy, i agree whole heartedly, but Australia is not in the dreaded e u , perhaps when we are out (the sooner the better) we can take a leaf out of their book.

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    ted

    Wednesday, October 7, 2015

  • A few years ago the Australian Prime Minister gave a speech where, in summary, it was clearly stated what the country expected of people moving there. You can google it, but put simply, anyone is welcome to apply to move here, but expect to work and put into the system like everyone else. The majority of people who follow religion here are Christians, so if you move here, whilst we'll respect your faith, we'll also expect you to respect ours... and so it went on. I remember thinking how refreshing that the position of that country on immigration had been so clearly stated. Why is it that no one here in England has the guts to do the same? I've no issues with people coming here to live if they want to work, and there are jobs for them to do. As for religion they can stand on their heads twice daily for all I care, as long as they leave me alone and don't expect me to do the same. Right now, without such a statement, poor, frightened people are lured to Europe by gangs on a false promise, risking death to get here, only to be forced into the equivalent of slavery in a country becoming more and more hostile to them. Something is wrong. If we as a country don't set some ground rules and make them clear, the only people who will benefit are the bosses of the trafficking gangs and their henchmen.

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    Suffolk Boy

    Wednesday, October 7, 2015

  • Axiom - Więc dlaczego nie można przejąć inicjatywę i być pierwszym , aby wrócić do domu ?

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    MyOwnViews

    Wednesday, October 7, 2015

  • @Terence Manning - and that's the sort of trolling idiocy that May would love you to believe. Perhaps @axiom is right, even in Polish.

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    GoneAway

    Wednesday, October 7, 2015

  • @axiom - it may well be that "the British are sheep", but why have you written it in Polish?

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    GoneAway

    Wednesday, October 7, 2015

  • anyone who backs immigration must be very sure that they are safe in their job and life.it has been proved that a lot of these immigrants are rogues etc .now they have started cutting our police forces, [god help us]

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    TERENCE MANNING

    Wednesday, October 7, 2015

  • Brytyjczycy są owce

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    Axiom

    Wednesday, October 7, 2015

  • Goneaway You are wrong in your assertion that every report is favourable towards immigration. There are just as many reports against, as in favour. The views quite often reflect those of the author. But common-sense dictates it cannot be healthy for any economy to have to house 600,000 migrants each year. The pressures on housing and the public sector in particular are under enormous stress and you cannot keep expanding the population at this rate with no detrimental impact on the host country. Immigrants tend to have large families and growth within the settled immigrant communities is also causing problems. I don`t know how long you have been out of the UK but the country is definitely changing and unfortunately not always for the better. The Labour party has at long last woken up to the fact that they made many mistakes by letting in too many people; but their apology comes too late in the day. You obviously have your rather intransigent views on the subject but a wider discussion needs to be had. The UK just cannot carry on growing its population at this rate for ever more.

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    BG

    Wednesday, October 7, 2015

  • As has already been said here many times before. Charity begins at home, we have enough problems and issues such as people being deprived of vital drugs for illnesses such as cancer, schools asking for handouts from parents for books, vital services being cut, etc. etc. etc. The people shouting 'let them in' are deluded and before these 'clowns' start harping on about racism and xenophobia this is anything but.

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    Stevie1977

    Wednesday, October 7, 2015

  • @DWW25 - I have replied to you; Archant may or may not post it eventually, who knows... I can't be bothered to type it all out again. But in short, you are wrong to allow any credence to the hard-right Migration Watch - they have their own agenda.

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    GoneAway

    Wednesday, October 7, 2015

  • Usual Tory rhetoric. Find someone else to blame for your failings. And in the nastiest way possible. First we had unemployed people, then disabled people, now people coming to this country. It looks like elderly people are going to be next.

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    bettycoltrane

    Wednesday, October 7, 2015

  • @spark - No, they're not.

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    GoneAway

    Wednesday, October 7, 2015

  • Despite the headline the majority of people in this country are behind the government on this issue

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    spark

    Wednesday, October 7, 2015

  • It's so predictable. As soon as someone mentions "immigration" and "controls" or "limits" in the same paragraph they're branded as rac.ist or xeno.phob.ic. But, there are different types of immigration, aren't there? Lots of people talk about how people have come to the UK and made homes for themselves, brought skills and a high work ethic, etc. Nobody could ever disagree that this is a good thing. However, there are also those now who see the UK as a chance to receive government help without bringing the same things that brought so many people in the 50s and 60s to our shores. Look at places like Calais or the current crisis on the European borders. Are these really the people that the reports support when talking about the economic benefits or migration, or are they people who see the UK as a "soft touch" and a place where you can get housed and fed without having to give anything back (don't forget, we're talking about how the UK is perceived from abroad, not the reality of when they get here)? Why can we not have a rational discussion about how some types of immigrants are good and some are not so good without resorting to name calling?

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    So_Many_Haters!

    Wednesday, October 7, 2015

  • @DWW25 - even May's own review found the opposite of what she claimed yesterday. It's tawdry politicking at best, divisive race hate at worst. She will have given Cameron & Co. real problems in keeping a check on rabid anti-EU elements of their own party, and the electorate at large. A nasty little speech, with nasty little consequences. (Migration Watch, your chosen source, is well known as a hard right-wing organisation, with authoritarian leanings. I can think of no good reason to take them or their prejudices at all seriously.)

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    GoneAway

    Wednesday, October 7, 2015

  • Gone Away - I think you'll find that there are a number of recent studies that give an opposite view to your statement concerning the positive impact of immigration ie Migration Watch.

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    DWW25

    Wednesday, October 7, 2015

  • The facts are that TM has failed to deliver on Tory promises to limit immigration. Her speech yesterday was the usual political rhetoric of all politicians. Regardless of the need for strict controls it is certain that any attempt by any British government to control who enters this country will fail.

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    DWW25

    Wednesday, October 7, 2015

  • Strange, when every serious study concludes that immigration does absolutely nothing to drive down wages, or to put 'British' workers out of jobs. May is pandering to the worst xenophobic elements of the electorate as part of her bid for the party leadership. God help us all.

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    GoneAway

    Wednesday, October 7, 2015

  • Of course businesses don`t like her proposals. They just want an endless mount of cheap labour. So no one should be surprised by their response. Labour are all over the place on immigration so we don`t know yet what their position is.

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    BG

    Wednesday, October 7, 2015

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