Brown to acknowledge mistakes have been made in past
12th November 2009: And now it is turn for Gordon Brown to agree the Labour has made mistakes on immigration. Just over a week after Home Secretary Alan Johnson “admitted” the Labour had been "maladroit" in its handling of the issue; and too little was done to tackle huge backlogs in asylum cases; Brown is expected to follow suit.
Brown will acknowledge mistakes have been made in the past, apparently in response to the commotion over the BNP leader Nick Griffin’s appearance on the BBC’s Question Time.
Indications are the Prime Minister is tightening the rules to cut migration. In his speech, it is believed Brown will say the door is being closed to non-EU hospital consultants, civil engineers, aircraft engineers and ship’s officers from outside the European Union.
Indications are also there that Brown will refute the predictions to say the UK the population will not touch 70 million mark in the next 20 years. The assertions will simultaneously accompany insistence that the country has benefited from it.
Brown told a newspaper that a few years ago they had to allow into the country highly skilled medical staff and the country benefited from it. They had done a lot to train a new generation of medical staff in the country; and were looking at how they could close the skills gap in the country so they could take occupations off the list where they need to recruit from abroad. As such, the immigration would eventually fall.
In the interview with the Daily Mail, The Prime Minister elaborated one of the reasons immigration would fall would be the tightening of the new points system, which would continue to tighten over the next few months. One of the reasons for the points system was to make sure nobody without a skill would come into the country.
Gordon insisted they did not want as an open economy to stop businesses being able to recruit where it’s an entirely specialist area, as companies kept telling them this was absolutely important to their future.
Claiming this was not an arbitrary cap, Brown said they were setting out a programme for ensuring they in Britain could train their British young people and British workers who were looking for jobs.
As of now, it is believed Brown will also insist Labour has come out with the right approach for taking care of the immigrants seeking work, despite rising unemployment.
The remarks follow criticism by the Tories, who had accused the Government of making attempts to deceive the voters over a plan to relax immigration rules.