Cameron outlines cap on immigration from outside EU
Nick Clegg in favour of fair, workable immigration system
16th April 2010: Gordon Brown believes an arbitrary national cap on immigration will not work. The assertion came during the first television debate of the general election campaign.
The debate saw leaders of Britain’s three main parties air their views on a series of subjects. The issues ranged from immigration to the cost of a £73,000 Lexus police car.
In an answer to a question on immigration, Brown sketched out the plans to introduce an Australian-style points system. The intention, he made it clear, was to prevent unskilled worker from outside the EU to enter Britain.
Brown asserted an arbitrary national cap would not work; and the Conservatives were not even giving the number for that cap, “so they can’t tell us what they would do."
Tory leader David Cameron, on the other hand, launched a polite, yet assertive, attack on Brown by saying steps initiated by the party to control net immigration came just before the general elections.
Summarizing the party plans of imposing a cap on immigration from outside the EU, Cameron said the net migration levels before 1997 were never greater than 77,000 a year. Under Brown’s government, they have never been less than 140,000 a year. It was only now that Brown was starting, just before an election, to take the steps that required to be taken.
Nick Clegg, the Liberal Democrat leader, said he was in favour of a fair, workable immigration system “that counts people in, counts people out, only makes sure immigrants come here, if there are jobs for them to do in parts of the country where they don’t place unreasonable strain on housing and public services."