Soames calls for action on mass immigration
NICHOLAS Soames has called on the Government to stamp out mass immigration.
The Mid Sussex MP refused to give way to three other Members of Parliament as he stormed through a hard-hitting debate on the topic in the House of Commons.
He is concerned that should net migration continue at a rate of 200,000 a year – the average over the past 10 years – the population will rise to 70 million in 15 years' time.
The debate, last Thursday, was in response to a petition launched by Migration Watch UK last autumn, which acquired more than 100,000 signatures within a week.
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"That clearly indicates the grave public concern about the scale of immigration to the country," he said.
"We can, of course, all agree that immigration is a natural and essential part of an open economy. There is absolutely no doubt that many immigrants make a valuable contribution to our society, and I hope that we can take that as read.
"The real issue that must concern the house and all our fellow citizens is the scale of the immigration."
Mr Soames accepted immigration has had positive effects on subjects such as film, music, art, literature and food. He added: "None of that is in dispute but, as I have said, the issue is one of scale."
Mr Soames identified the major sources of immigration being students, economic migration and marriage.
He also outlined four steps he believes the Government must take – to move away from the points system brought in by the previous Government; expand student interviews to ensure bogus applicants are refused; to reduce the validity for visitors to three months and to strengthen the immigration removal system.
He added: "We must all seek to speak candidly about the serious social and policy implications of mass immigration, and continue to search for an effective, humane and fair way ahead that will command the support of the British people."