`Government might have to go further than imposing cap’: Field

`Mass immigration fuelling poverty’
`New jobs being taken up by migrants’

18th May 2010: The immigrants have already started feeling the heat.

Frank Field, former Labour minister only recently offered a post advising Prime Minister David Cameron, has suggested that Home Secretary Theresa May might have to go further than just imposing an annual limit on migration.

He also expressed hope Conservative-Lib Dem coalition would significantly cut down on immigration; and called for balance between immigration and the number of people emigrating abroad for creating a stable population.

Claiming mass immigration was fuelling poverty, Field said unemployment was prevalent as many new jobs were being taken up by the migrants.

Disagreeing with the Labour’s open-door border policy, he said it meant condemning more Britons to welfare dependency and poverty.

In a BBC Radio 4 interview, Field said “If this Government had, as the last Government had, an emphasis that work is the way out of poverty, you cannot go on having an immigration policy that was, to all intents and purposes, an open-door policy.

“Now we know the Government says it’s going to tighten up on this front, but we still have five times the net figures coming in than going out.”

Born 16 July 1942, Frank Ernest Field has been the Member of Parliament for Birkenhead since 1979. From 1997 to 1998, he served as the Minister of Welfare Reform, before leaving the Government, following differences with Prime Minister Tony Blair.

He has since been one of the Labour Government’s most vocal critics from within the party on the backbenches

In the 2010 general election, Field retained his Birkenhead seat with an increased majority, and has been offered the role of "poverty czar" in David Cameron’s coalition government — the first, and so far only member of the Labour Party, to have been offered a role within Cameron’s team.


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