David Cameron Told ‘Toughen Migration Policies’

Macer Hall, Express (London), March 13, 2012

David Cameron is facing growing Tory discontent over the Coalition’s failure to cut immigration significantly.

A senior Tory backbencher raised fears that Britain may be forced to accept a fresh wave of migrant workers from the European Union unless border controls are toughened.

Mark Pritchard, secretary of the 1922 Committee of Tory MPs, said more steps should be taken to achieve the Conservative pledge to curb the influx.

He claimed yesterday: “There’s a lot of tough talk on immigration, but not enough is being done to bring down numbers.”

He said little was being done to tackle “rampant abuse of family, work, and tourist visas” and that visas given non-EU citizens coming to Britain with EU relatives were “misused and misapplied on an industrial scale”.

Mr Pritchard feared rising unemployment across the EU could trigger a fresh wave of migration to Britain.

Yesterday contributors to leading Tory website ConservativeHome blamed the Lib Dems for blocking tighter border controls.

They called for tougher policies in the drive to win an outright majority at the next election.

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  • loyalwhitebriton

    For US readers, who might not know much about UK Party politics, the 1922 Committee is a grouping of right-of-centre, traditionalist, Tory MP’s.

    ‘Call me Dave’ was talking tough on immigration before the election in 2010, and nothing’s happened.
    In fairness, CmD has a ‘ball and chain’ around his neck, called the Liberal-Democrats. And it is increasingly clear that Nick Clegg (Lib-Dem leader and our deputy PM – HA HA, just had to laugh there) is the ‘power behind the throne’, and probably will be until the next general election in 2015.

    In the ideal world, the 1922 Committee would be the government; a real Tory government. Then we might, just might, get something done.

  • Yesterday contributors to leading Tory website ConservativeHome blamed the Lib Dems for blocking tighter border controls.

    Sometimes, I wonder if Cameron is using the Learning Disableds as a crutch to hide his own open borders agenda and his centrist establishmentarian ideology in general.

  • IstvanIN

    With massive unemployment England, let alone Europe, needs immigration.

    • Eagle_Eyed

      That literally made no sense.  Bring in more job-takers to reduce unemployment?  Most 1st graders have a better sense of arithmetic than you do.

      • Mainlander

        He said “who needs immigration with such massive unemployment?”. Not difficult to understand.

  • Anan7

    Mr. Cameron should take a cue from Mr. Taylor and all of those in France at that meeting a short while ago.  Europe must be European again.  These immigrants’ future is back in their native lands, and we have to make sure that they can get back home safely and as cheaply as possible.

  • If David Cameron were in the U.S. Senate, he would be an Olympia Snowe type.  I think the reason he was so willing to form a coalition with a party that calls itself “Liberal Democrat” is because he mostly is a liberal Democrat.