Suzy Stride hosts coffee morning on immigration
Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Harlow, Suzy Stride has held a coffee morning in Harlow to discuss issues around immigration and she was joined by Labour’s Immigration minister, David Hanson.
The event, held at St Paul’s Church in Harlow Town Centre, was attended by around 30 residents who took part in a survey sent out by Suzy Stride to residents across the town asking for their views on immigration.
The discussion was wide ranging, with residents debating the pros and cons of different levels of immigration and associated policies.
There was a general consensus that there were areas of immigration policy that did need to be addressed, better border controls and an emphasis on immigrants earning their entitlement to benefits were among the areas of agreement among residents.
They also thought there were a lot of ‘myths’ that need to be tackled about what benefits migrants are entitled to, when they can receive them, and what the rules are about migrants working.
Suzy Stride said
“I’m really pleased we had a good turnout for my coffee morning on immigration and I’m grateful to everyone who came and shared their views.”
“Immigration has been an topic people raise with me consistently and its important and interesting to hear people’s views. We need an immigration policy which is fair to both people living here already and people moving here.”
“We know from recent data that the government has broken its promises on migration targets and that UKIP won’t stand up for working people, taking away peoples maternity and paternity pay and other employment rights.”
“Labour would invest in our border controls so that we have a proper system of counting people in and out, and we are the only party that will implement a new law to prevent employers undercutting wages by exploiting immigration, we will ban agencies from only recruiting from abroad.”
“We will also change the law so that people coming here won’t be able to claim benefits for at least two years, and we will ban people from sending child benefit abroad”
“Residents acknowledged the clear benefits of immigration, Japanese car factory managers, Doctors from India and all that immigration has done to benefit Harlow including Irish immigrants building the town, but there was clear recognition that where immigration is used to drive down wages and rights at work - everyone suffers. "