Priti Patel: Conservatives will reduce overall immigration

Labour says the claims are 'fake news'

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Priti Patel has said the Conservatives would bring down overall immigration if they win the December general election, claiming it would “surge” under Jeremy Corbyn.

The Home Secretary criticised the leader of the opposition for having “no credible plan” for handling the impacts of Labour’s “open border policy”.

The Conservative Party has claimed that analysis of new research into Labour's proposals for open borders suggests net migration “could increase to 840,000 per year if Mr Corbyn is elected as Prime Minister”.

They said the analysis was based on official figures and the government's own methodology.

Ms Patel said: “Under Corbyn's Labour, immigration would surge and put huge strain on schools and our NHS.”

“By contrast, the Conservatives will get Brexit done, end free movement and introduce an Australian-style points system so that we can control our borders and protect our public services.

“We will reduce immigration overall while being more open and flexible to the highly skilled people we need, such as scientists and doctors."

But Labour’s shadow home secretary Diane Abbott hit back at the attack on Labour policy, calling it “more fake news from the Conservative Party’s make-believe research department”.

She added: “Unlike the Tories, we won't scapegoat migrants or deport our own Windrush-generation citizens.

“The damage done to our society has been through damaging Conservative cuts to our public services, not by EU nationals coming to work in them.”

Meanwhile, Ms Abbott's party has pledged to close the gender pay gap by 2030 - 50 years earlier than the Government is reportedly currently on course for.

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