Published: Fri, November 15, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Tories increase lead over Labour in General Election polls

Tories increase lead over Labour in General Election polls

British Home Secretary Priti Patel has outlined the Conservative's plans to slash immigration after the United Kingdom leaves the European Union, should the party win December's general election, whist arguing that a Labour government could usher in an era of open borders.

In an interview with BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg on a campaign visit to Scotland, Mr Corbyn hinted that Labour would make it easier for families to bring relatives to live in the United Kingdom from overseas and for foreign workers to come to the UK.

However, she did not mention the measures her party would take to cut immigration.

A Conservative spokesperson said: "We would be in control of our borders and decide who comes to our country based on what they have to offer, not where they come from".

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Shadow home secretary Diane Abbott tweeted: "The Labour Party is committed to maintaining and extending Freedom of Movement rights".

Mr Corbyn added: "We have to be realistic that in this country we have 40,000 nurse vacancies, we have a great shortage of doctors, we have shortages of many skills, and they can not be met very quickly because we're not training enough people, so there's going to be immigration in the future".

The Tories said 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".

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

Labour's splits on immigration burst into the open just 48 hours before the party is due to finalise its election manifesto at a "Clause 5" meeting of senior officials, including Ms Abbott and Mr McCluskey.

She went on: "I think it's a false flag, this issue of immigration".

Len McCluskey, the leader of the biggest Labour-supporting union, Unite, and a key ally of Mr Corbyn, has called for new employment policies to address concerns about freedom of movement. It will be done with labour market regulations.

"Labour will scrap it, and extend Freedom of Movement rights to all those legally entitled to be here".

"The damage to the economy from seriously reducing work visas was judged too severe by an expert migration committee; the impact on community relations of further limiting family reunion [chain migration] visas was seen as unpalatable; and few thought we were taking in too many refugees".

In a statement from the Conservative party, Patel said: "We will reduce immigration overall while being more open and flexible to the highly skilled people we need, such as scientists and doctors".

She wrote: "The advocates of this policy in your Party have been quite clear that they want to give free movement rights to countries beyond the European Union". However, the Conservatives are expected to back off from their promise of cutting the net migration (the net difference between the number of people coming to the United Kingdom and leaving it) after failing to meet it.

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