Immigration Controls

James Brokenshire has given his backing to an annual limit on the number of people from outside of the EU being given work permits. Speaking on the BBC1 London Politics Show, the Old Bexley & Sidcup MP said that controls on immigration were necessary after the last Government had failed to put appropriate measures in place. The annual limit would help to bring net migration to levels in the tens of thousands rather than the hundreds of thousands experienced under Labour.

Responding to questions on the potential impact on businesses wanting to employ skilled staff in London, James said that he wanted to see the brightest and the best encouraged to come to work in the this country. The MP added that quarterly controls on the release of visas would assist in the management of the system for firms.