Mark Reckless, UKIP’s Director of Policy, joins Julia George on BBC’s Sunday Politics South East to discuss the forthcoming EU Referendum and why Britain is better off trading with Europe, but governing ourselves.
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Speaking on Channel 4 News, Mark Reckless highlights the “extraordinarily impressive” national manifesto launched today.
I was asked onto Sky’s Murghnahan programme for UKIP this morning to discuss illegal immigration.
I was initially told that I would be debating Nadim Zahawi, the Conservative MP who has called for an amnesty for illegal immigration, a proposal which Boris Johnson also previously supported.
However, when I arrived, I was told that Nadim had pulled, out and there would be no-one from the Conservatives to discuss immigration.
It was the same story on Friday, when I did the ten past eight slot for the Today programme on BBC Radio 4. Barbara Roche, the unrepentant ex-immigration minister, was there for Labour, who allowed 3.6 million migrants to settle in just thirteen years.
However, for the Conservatives, who have now let immigration rise even higher than it was under Labour, there was no-one.
David Cameron is ducking debates nationally, and I am of course used to the Conservative candidate for Rochester and Strood being ‘unavailable’ when I debate my local Labour opponent and others.
I was also struck by how Grant Shapps MP just seemed to want the question to end when we were asked about immigration on Question Time last week.
Do the Conservatives now have a policy of simply refusing to appear when the media want to discuss immigration?
Just as Cameron won’t debate Farage, or even Miliband, the Conservatives think, if they hide, that people will just forget their catastrophic failure of immigration. UKIP won’t.
Mark Reckless joins guests on today’s BBC Sunday Politics South East to discuss the latest immigration figures impacting on our local services, the UKIP surge in South Thanet and Kent, and the work which he and UKIP is doing to support our NHS here in Medway and nationally.
624,000 people came to the UK as immigrants in the year up to September 2014 we learnt on Thursday. That is two and a half times the population of the Medway Towns.
Even after subtracting the number of people who left the country in the same year, net immigration to Britain was about 300,000 people. That is as many as live in Medway and Gravesend put together.
Overseas national took up 768,000 National Insurance numbers last year and 43% of new jobs in the UK went to people coming from the EU.
Do you remember the Conservatives promising to cut net immigration to just tens of thousands?
We were told it was a “No ifs, no buts” promise and David Cameron said “kick us out in five years if we don’t deliver”.
They haven’t delivered and the election is in two months time.
Net immigration is three times what David Cameron promised, and he is now letting even more people into the country than Labour did.
I was asked onto BBC Question Time this week to debate the latest immigration figures with Conservative Chairman, Grant Shapps. You can see on the link below that he did not have any answers to my points:
Like Labour, the Conservatives support freedom of movement in the European Union, so almost anyone who wants from 27 EU countries, some much poorer than us, can come here at will.
How will our young people get a decent wage, or the chance to move up the career ladder, if employers can always instead just import labour from Eastern and Southern Europe?
Only UKIP will restrict immigration from the European Union.
UKIP will introduce an Australian-style Points Based System for Immigration. That means we will welcome highly skilled and qualified people up to an annual limit determined by Parliament.
Only UKIP has a non-discriminatory immigration policy. We will apply the same rules to people coming from Europe as to people from outside.
This will mean we can be fair to people from a Commonwealth background, instead of giving preference to Europeans, and cut total immigration to a level with which our country can cope.
Only UKIP MPs in Parliament will make David Cameron and the other parties act on immigration.
Mark Reckless, UKIP MP for Rochester and Strood, tackles the issues of immigration, ISIS and MPs’ second jobs on BBC’s Question Time programme, hosted by David Dimbleby
The officers, based in Folkestone and working across the South East, took time out of their busy schedule to discuss their duties with UKIP MP Mark Reckless following an impromptu visit to Rochester’s Register Office.
Immigration enforcement officers play a major role defending our borders, tackling illegal immigration and human trafficking. Mark was delighted to have the opportunity to meet officers and hear their views on the pressures which they face in this hugely important role.
Mark Reckless said:
“If we are to succeed in getting immigration down to manageable levels, it is vital that we not only take back control of our borders by leaving the EU but that we listen to and support our officers who are working hard on the front line. I was therefore delighted to have the opportunity to hear the views of enforcement officers first hand. It is clear that more must be done.
David Cameron promised to cut immigration from the hundreds of thousands to the tens of thousands. He failed. Ministers really should spend more time meeting with and listening to the officers who are leading the fight and who understand the complexity of the problem, as opposed to special advisors and mandarins in Whitehall who tell them what they think they need to hear.
My thanks to all of the officers who took time out of their busy schedule to share their concerns.”