Cross Party Group on Balanced Migration,`Cut immigration to prevent population touching 85m’

‘Cut needed to avoid strain on schools, housing, NHS’

3rd February 2010
: Even though it is clear UK’s population never grew as predicted, Tory Nicholas Soames and Labour’s Frank Field have warned Britain’s population will rise to 85million in 20 years, unless immigration is cut down.

They have also recommended cutting back immigration by 75 per cent to avoid pressure on schools, housing and the NHS.

Jointly chairing the Cross Party Group on Balanced Migration, the two told claimed the UK was now the most crowded country in Europe.

Field insisted the three main parties owed an apology to the British public for permitting apparently an open-door immigration policy”.

Field said a continued refusal to get to grips with the immigration system risks causing conflict in British communities that he fears would haunt them for decades to come.

Former Minister Soames warned the MPs that the only way to limit their population was to cut immigration down substantially.

Quoting statistics, he said immigration must be brought down from last year’s 160,000 to 40,000 or even less, if they were  to avoid the population hitting the 70m by 2030.” He said the population could grow to well beyond 70m, even to 80 or 85m, if immigration was not brought under control.

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