Immigration to the UK is a big issue with many residents in my ward, and I was pleased to see this week’s figures showing the Government getting to grips with this problem.
Migration is at its lowest for a decade showing we continue to bring it under control.
Latest statistics show another significant fall in net migration – down by more than a third since June 2010.
The figures show we have cut out abuse while encouraging the brightest and best migrants who contribute to economic growth, with a 5 per cent increase in the number of sponsored student visa applications for our world-class universities, and a 5 per cent increase in the number of visas issued to skilled workers.
I am pleased that we have made substantial inroads in cutting immigration and now have a more selective system that works in our national interest.
Looking forward, the Immigration Bill will reduce the pull factors to this country and make it easier to remove people with no right to be here.
I am concerned, however, that Labour have opposed every single measure the Government has taken to fix the immigration system.