Truro and Falmouth Candidates Agree On Immigration

Truro and Falmouth candidates agree on immigration

The BBC News (U.K.), April 29, 2010

Candidates in Truro and Falmouth agreed that immigration regulations need to be tightened at a public debate.

Charlotte MacKenzie for Labour said the European Union (EU) was a 'two-way street' but that UK boarder controls needed to be tightened.

Liberal Democrat Terrye Teverson said the number of people arriving and leaving the UK had to be monitored.

Conservative Sarah Newton said tight controls would help restrict human trafficking.

'Two-way street'

All three candidates spoke about immigration at a public debate held at the National Maritime Museum in Falmouth.

Ms MacKenzie said: 'The EU was established to be a single labour market and it's a two-way street, a large number of people have family who have left the UK and are benefitting from that experience'.

She also said that Labour policy would act to strengthen controls on the borders and to count those moving in and out of the country.

Ms Teverson referred to Lib Dem policy to send immigrants to under-populated areas of the UK to reduce the number of people working on the black market.

Trafficking concern

She said: 'We've got people who are in the hands of criminals, we want to get them out of the hands of the criminals and into the hands of the taxman.'

Ms Newton for the Conservatives said that human trafficking was a real concern, and that could increase if strict controls were not implemented.

She said: 'It encourages people to come to Europe and to hide in the shadows of the job market because they know if they can just stay there long enough there will be amnesty.

Candidates announced for Truro and Falmouth are:

UK Independence Party: Harry Blakeley; Labour: Charlotte MacKenzie; Conservative: Sarah Newton; Mebyon Kernow: Loic Rich; Liberal Democrat: Terrye Teverson; Green: Ian Wright.