PMQs: Sunak and Starmer clash over migration
The Prime Minister will be told tomorrow that he and his Government “are not doing enough” to control legal immigration numbers to the UK.
With the Government braced for as much as a million net migration figures when the Office of National Statistics (ONS) publishes the latest figures, Tory MPs are gearing up for a fight over the issue.
Sir John Hayes, chairman of the Common Sense Group, convened a meeting of his group last night where they agreed that not enough was being done to bring the figures down.
They decided to demand a meeting with the Prime Minister to demand that he back his Home Secretary Suella Braverman in taking back control of Britain’s borders as was promised in the EU referendum.
Members of the influential group were happy with announcements on restricting family members on student visas today but said it “did not nearly go far enough.”
Sir John told Express.co.uk: “Clearly more needs to be done. We don’t know the figure yet but we all know it will be horrendous.”
Concerns have been raised that Ms Braverman is having to battle with Education Secretary Gillian Keegan and Chancellor Jeremy Hunt who want to allow even more migrants in.
The Common Sense Group have also raised concerns that a leak intended to damage Ms Braverman about a past speeding ticket was released into the media because she had taken a strong stance on controlling immigration.
Sir John said: “The Treasury live under the illusion that all increases in migration equals economic growth. It does not.
“They always ignore economic cost on public services and housing and so forth not to mention the problems of social cohesions.”
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The issue is also seen as vital in holding on to Red Wall seats won off Labour in 2019.
Dudley North MP Marco Longhi, a member of the Common Sense Group, said: “The Government must be under no illusion: the British public will not put up with this.
“Whether it is students dependents, illegal immigration or cheap labour all these people need a place to live in at a time that we have massive demand for housing and short supply.
“I support Suella all the way, she gets it. We should train our own people and deal with all those not in training, education or employment.”
Bassetlaw MP Brendan Clarke-Smith added: “Immigration levels are still unsustainable and need to be brought down.
“There have been some positive steps but we need to back the Home Secretary to properly reduce the level.”
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