The Prime Minister has refused to defend his hiring of a series of foreign nannies after the Immigration Minister said the ‘wealthy metropolitan elite’ employing overseas domestic staff are fuelling mass immigration.
David Cameron attracted controversy two years ago when he hired Australian backpacker Sammi Strange following a series of long distance Skype interviews.
Before Ms Strange the Prime Minister’s children were looked after by a Nepalese woman who was recruited from a charity which offers help and advice to immigrants seeking to escape abusive employers.
In a speech James Brokenshire, the Immigration Minister, placed the blame for the influx of foreign nationals on people from the “metorpolitan elite” who, like Mr Cameron, have turned to people from other countries for an easy supply of labour, cheap tradesmen and services and have turned to workers from other countries.
His comments that these people have done well out of this situation “for too long” imply such people, including Government ministers, should not be employing people from abroad in their homes or businesses.
The Prime Minister’s spokesman was asked four times why Mr Cameron decided to employ a foreign nanny from outside the EU rather than employ a British worker but he refused to comment on anything other than “Government policy.”
Instead he said that 90 per cent of all jobs went to British people in the last year.
Asked if this was a case of Mr Cameron telling the public to “do as I say, not as I do” his spokesman said: “Introducing I have pointed to employment statistics. The most recent net migration statistics: non-EU migration is at its lowest level since 1998. So those are the things I would point you towards.”
Nick Clegg was also quizzed this morning on the number of foreign workers he employs as a gardener, nanny or housekeeper on his weekly call in show on LBC radio.
The Deputy Prime Minister said that he employs a “lady who has a Belgian passport” who “helps us” but would not discuss his “domestic arrangements” in more detail.
Mr Brokenshire was handed the role of Immigration Minister last month after Mark Harper resigned after he discovered the Columbian cleaner he had employed for years did not have the legal right to work in the UK.