Karen Allen

I fought South Shields at the May 2010 General Election for the Conservatives, gaining a 6.4% swing which was a 4% vote increase. The Conservatives polled 7,886 up from 5,207 in 2005. I was born in the North East and grew up in South Shields. I currently live in London and am employed as a Director at Lloyd's Broker Howden International.

Sunday, April 04, 2010

What is our position on Immigration?

This is probably the issue I get asked the second most questions about in South Shields. It can be a charged issue, but I wanted to use this post as a means of laying out where we, the Conservatives stand on it.

Since 1997, Labour’s open–door immigration policy has seen the largest and most sustained rise in immigration in our history. In 1997 net migration – the number of people who come to settle here, minus the number who leave – was 48,000. In 2008 it was 163,000.

These figures help explain the pressure immigration is now placing on public services such as housing, health and schools. A Conservative government will reduce immigration to the levels of the 1990s – tens of thousands a year, instead of the hundreds of thousands a year under Labour.

I believe that Britain can benefit from immigration, but not uncontrolled immigration. We want to continue to attract the brightest and the best people to the UK – but with control on the overall numbers coming here.

Our immigration policy is based on three strands:

• an annual limit on the numbers of non-EU economic migrants allowed to work here, taking into consideration the effects a rising population has on our public services and local communities;
• preventing illegal migration, with important new rules to tighten up the student visa system – the biggest hole in our border controls - and a dedicated Border Police Force to crack down on illegal immigration and people trafficking; and
• promoting integration into British society, as we believe that everyone coming to this country must be ready to embrace the core values of British society and become a part of their local community. We will only allow people to come here to marry if they can speak English.

If you believe that we can’t go on with an immigration system that is out of control then vote for change. Five more years of Gordon Brown would make things even worse. David Cameron and the Conservatives have the energy, leadership and values to get our country moving again.

And on a lighter note......


Blogger Rogue Economist said...

I enjoyed reading this piece, especially the integration of Britains core values, hopefully this will put an end to all the O.T.T. P.C. nonsense coming out of the local council.

I am all for skilled workers such as the poles who are more qualified than ourselves in the building industry currently, but being a small country we must stem the flow of immigrants setting home here to more current manageable levels.

Sustainability is the key to Economic growth for our country, maybe not very P.C. but very true in my opinion.

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