Ex-Downing Street adviser says the policy made London a diverse place
26th October 2009: "Mass migration was encouraged by Labour ministers over the past decade to make the UK truly multicultural, and plug in the gaps in the labour market.
A former Downing Street adviser, Andrew Neather, has claimed the policy has made London a more attractive and diverse place.
Neather, who worked as a speechwriter for Tony Blair and in the Home Office for Jack Straw and David Blunkett, said the mass influx of migrant workers was neither a mistake, nor a miscalculation. It was rather a policy the party preferred not to reveal to its core voters.
The assertion comes at a time when the importance of the migrant workers in not just filling in the gaps, but also helping the economy pull out of the meltdown, is well recognized.
Neather in the London Evening Standard said the government went in for mass migration to make the UK truly multicultural.
Dismissing the argument that the policy was instrumental in the BNP’s rise, Neather said the policy has "enriched" the UK.
Reacting to the development, the critics said the government created an "immigration conspiracy" and introduced mass immigration to Britain for "cynical" political reasons.
The chairman of think tank Migrationwatch UK, Sir Andrew Green, said many had long suspected that mass immigration under Labour was indeed a conspiracy and they were right.
Liberal Democrat home affairs spokesman Chris Huhne said if true, it was deeply shocking that the Government could go in for such significant decisions without public debate and public consultation.