British politicians from all three major parties have been talking immigration.
Opposition Labour leader Ed Miliband kicked off the round with an apology for Labour’s mistakes in government. His Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper outlined demand-side proposals pledging tougher enforcement of labour regulations (minimum wage) aimed at protecting the most vulnerable workers and promised apprenticeships for British youth. Read more
One of the reasons Labour lost the 2010 general election to the Conservatives, some pundits hold, is that it was out of step with the general mood on immigration. Read more
The Times has come down strongly on Immigration Minister Damian Green for suggesting there needs to be a “dramatic shift in culture” to reduce Britain’s “dependence on foreign workers.” Green said last week: “Business has got addicted to immigration. It’s the first thing they look for – ‘we’ve got a problem, let’s bring someone in from abroad’.” Read more