Sian Berry, the London Mayoral candidate for the Green Party has termed “inhumane” UKIP’s calls to restrict the number of immigrants coming to the city.
UKIP’s Mayoral candidate Peter Whittle in the past told IBTimes UK that “there are simply too many people chasing too few houses” and rising migration numbers to Britain meant that it was hard for developers to plan ahead.
In an interview with IBTimes UK, Ms Berry blasted Mr Whittle for his “inhumane” comments.
“Our immigration in London is people coming to work, people coming to join loved ones, people who are in relationships coming to move here − putting up barriers for those people to come is going to hurt London.”
She added that blocking immigrants from coming to London “will hurt Londoners emotionally” and “hurt London’s economy.”
The Green hopeful stressed that lots of small businesses, the health services, as well as the technology industry “absolutely depend on being able to get immigrants coming into the country to do the work, grow those companies and create jobs for other people at the same time.”
“It’s very, very backward-looking to wanting to put up a fence and say ‘no more people for London'” she added.