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

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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”…