UK: Immigration debate will get ‘very nasty’, Labour MP warns

Aerial view of a neighbourhood in London, England

The immigration debate will get “very nasty” if politicians continue to ignore the pressure the foreigners are placing on Britain’s public services, a Labour MP has warned.

Frank Field, a former employment minister, said that immigration is causing Britain’s population to increase by the size of the city of Birmingham every two years.

He said that while immigrants make a positive contribution to the economy, it is “a lot less than people think”.

He said that the levels of immigration must be questioned at a time when public spending is facing huge cuts.

He told the Today programme on BBC Radio 4: ““If you look at now the rate of increase in population then every two and a half years with people coming in for the first time and with the children of people who have arrived here for the immigrant community, we are actually increasing our population faster than the whole size of Birmingham.

“Yet there’s no plans for increasing housing or places in schools on schools or place in the NHS, at a time when we will, in the next parliament, will have to make cuts, greater than the cuts actually made in this parliament.

“That is the underlying theme to politics which if we as politicians continue to ignore what is going on is obviously going to become very nasty”…

  • David

    He said that while immigrants make a positive contribution to the economy, it is “a lot less than people think”


    • Ed Ellison

      So much less that it is an incredible drag on the treasury.
      Nasty times, never mind the debates, are coming soon.
      Delusional thinking will soon become a liability for a lot of people.

  • Ed Ellison

    Things are shaping up nicely for another English civil war.
    The political class should start hiding the lampposts now.

  • Gaylord Ponce

    And it took them all this time to figure that out?

    • Alain

      Strange, but then in Canada there is still no debate whatsoever. In fact it doesn’t even figure on the agenda of any of the political parties. That should concern us.

      • ntt1

        debate is crushed by media censorship. if you are not burbling about how great having Somali neighbours are then you are deleted.

  • phuque uguugle

    Immigration itself is not a bad thing.However when so called immigrants start trashing the host country and living of welfare and not contributing anything to society one has to draw a line and say no more.Muslims take note you were welcomed into Australia however sharia law will be fought aggressively <:o)

  • Jay Currie

    Shouldn’t someone have accused this fellow of channelling Enoch Powell?

    And no we don’t have this debate in Canada despite having a much higher per capita immigration rate than the UK. Largely because the stupid conservatives have drunk the immigration kool-aid.

    • Frau Katze

      All parties are drunk with Kool Ade. It’s rather depressing.

  • ntt1

    the political elites are waking up but is it too late?

  • Pete_Brewster

    What’s all this talk in the future tense? It’s pretty ugly now.

  • Hard Little Machine

    I doubt it will be nasty. England is finished.