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Tory seeks complete ban on non-EU migration

A leading Conservative has called for “effective measures” to slash non-European migration to Britain.

By Richard Sudan

Tory MP Philip Hollobone appeared to go further than his leader David Cameron, who called for the population of Britain to be capped at 70 million, but refused to spell out how this would be achieved.

In a Commons debate Hollobone demanded that immigration be cut by 75%, but admitted that Britain was unable to limit migration from European Union states.

The Kettering MP (pictured) said: “If we are to stop the UK’s population rising from 61 million today to 70 million in 2029, we will have to cut net immigration every year by 75 per cent.”

Cutting non-EU migration by that extent means effectively banning anyone from the Commonwealth and developing countries from entering the UK.

There are growing concerns about the Conservative stance on immigration and their views towards non-white migrants working in Britain.

The Tory justification for Cameron’s remarks is that if the population increases dramatically the costs of spending on public services would become too great. Cameron would like to see a net limit of 50,000 immigrants entering Britain a year, as he believes that at the current rate of growth the population would reach 70 million by 2026.

Ruffling these political feathers in the past would been political suicide, but with concern over the economy this issue has been given the lifeblood it needs to stoke an argument, which in essence strikes at the very core of underlying prejudices endemic in British politics.

MP’s have questioned Hollobone’s judgement asking how would such a policy be implemented. Would this mean under a Tory government highly qualified black and Asian people would not be allowed to enter Britain, while people from European countries would be arrive?

And what of people who have spouses living in Britain who wish to join their families? These observations merely scratch the surface of Cameron’s remarks the motives behind which remain unclear.

The notion of a population reaching 70 million only works if we take the maximum projections for population growth from 2005 – 2008 and assume this will be the same rate of population growth up until 2029.

What is worrying is that he could be pandering to right wing interests in order to score points. Without a serious justification, as it stands this is the only conclusion we can draw. This coupled with the continuing links the Tories maintain with Michael Kaminski’s far-right Latvian party are cause for concern.

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