Thursday 28 February 2019 / 10:55 AM Diane Abbott / Immigration

ONS immigration figures – Diane Abbott responds

Diane Abbott MP, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, responding to the publication of new ONS immigration figures, said:

“The data simply confirms the fakery behind the government’s immigration policy. Once again the number of migrants coming here vastly outstrips its unworkable 100,000 net migration target. Its policy is not really about reducing numbers, but allows it to maintain a constant campaign against migration and migrants.

“Tory Ministers are doubling down on this rotten approach with the latest immigration bill currently going through parliament. The Home Secretary promises more business access to overseas workers, at the same time as effectively removing all their rights. This is deeply damaging to them and potentially to all workers’ pay conditions.

“Labour rejects this approach. Our immigration policy is based on honouring the rights of all those we have invited here and welcoming those who we will need in future.”