Steve Barclay MP welcomes new steps to control immigration

Steve Barclay MP has welcomed new steps set out by the Prime Minister to ensure the UK immigration system favours people who work hard and contribute to their local communities.

Tough reforms of all the routes of immigration to the UK have been implemented and have seen net immigration fall by almost a third since 2010.

Mr Barclay said: “Many people in Wisbech and the surrounding areas are concerned about the issue of immigration and after thirteen years of open borders under the last government it is no wonder.

“I have taken local action to tackle issues associated with overcrowded housing of migrant workers and anti-social behaviour in and around Wisbech by launching a multi-agency task force in association with Cambridgeshire police, the Home office and others.

“People want to see action being taken to control immigration and ensure that those coming to live and work in the UK are making a genuine contribution to our economic and social diversity.

“The Government has implemented comprehensive reforms to our immigration system to make it more robust and more selective.

“I welcome the new steps which the Prime Minister has set out to ensure that everyone who comes here pays their way and gives something back. By changing the rules on benefits and NHS treatment we will stop our system from being a ‘soft touch’.

“Making entitlement to public services something migrants earn and not an automatic right will stop the ‘something for nothing’ culture which grew up under Labour. These are common sense reforms and I will work hard to ensure they make a real difference for people in North East Cambridgeshire.”