Prime Minister David Cameron is failing on his promise to bring net immigration down to tens of thousands by the end of Parliament, Yvette Cooper MP, Labour's Shadow Home Secretary, has said.
Latest statistics from Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that there was a slight drop in net immigration to the UK from 255,000 in the year to September 2010 to 252,000 in the year to September 2011.
The latest figures, Ms. Cooper said, show that “the Tory-led Government is failing badly on its own immigration target to get net migration down to the tens of thousands by the end of this Parliament.”
She recalled that Mr. Cameron said 12 months ago that they’ll drastically cut net immigration. “These figures show that promise is being broken and the net migration figure of 252,000 barely changed in the last two years, even with the net rise in British citizens leaving the UK,” Ms. Cooper said.
Citing migration experts who have said the Government does not have policies to bring down the net immigration, Ms. Cooper accused Mr. Cameron of not being straight with the public on immigration. “He should not make promises he can't keep on such an important policy area,” Ms. Cooper said. "The gap between this Tory-led Government’s rhetoric on immigration, and the reality, is getting ever wider. They are failing on border control, failing on illegal immigration, and failing to live up to the promises they made on net migration.”
She advised the Government to “be straight with people on its immigration policy, working for stronger border controls, strong controls on immigration and tough action on illegal immigration."