Cable reopens rift on immigration cap

Business secretary Vince Cable appeared to be on a collission course with his coalition partners this afternoon, hitting out at the immigration cap.

Off message: Vince Cable spoke out against the immigration cap today

Business secretary Vince Cable appeared to be on a collision course with his coalition partners this afternoon, hitting out at the immigration cap and veering off line on the deficit.

Responding to a question from Left Foot Forward at the Konigswinter 60th anniversary conference, he described the immigration cap as “doing great damage”, and said he was “at the limit of collective responsibility”.

He cited the example of a British-based company that needs 500 specialists over a three-year period, explaining that half of these had to come from outside the European Union – yet the company had only been given a quota of 30.

Dr Cable then said he was “not willing” to defend the system at present, and said he would be making more comments on the issue tomorrow.

Recently, businesses have warned of the damage the immigration cap is doing, while one of the country’s most senior Conservatives, London Mayor Boris Johnson, this week branded the cap “a shambles”, pointing out how everyone from law firms to universities and cancer research institutes were suffering from the policy.

Also at the conference, former Chancellor, Alistair Darling, challenged Cable on the government’s preferred way of bringing down the deficit, to which he responded by saying he and the shadow Chancellor were “not arguing about fundamental differences of philosophy”.

14 Responses to “Cable reopens rift on immigration cap”

  1. peter harrison

    Interesting: RT @leftfootfwd: Cable reopens rift on immigration cap: http://bit.ly/c7qJgG reveals @wdjstraw

  2. ben_murray

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  3. Cable says he is “at the limit of collective responsibility” | Westminster Blog | FT.com

    […] Vince Cable has stepped up his rhetoric against his own coalition government in a speech today which he used to criticise its immigration policy. […]

  4. Will Straw

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  5. Claire French

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  6. Vijay Singh Riyait

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  7. Tim Phillips-White

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  9. Richard George

    Some sense on immigration from @vincecable, even if he does think everthing's about business. http://bit.ly/d7xlEC

  10. Andy Sutherland

    RT @wdjstraw: Vince Cable's latest intervention on immigration – broken first by @leftfootfwd http://bit.ly/c7qJgG

  11. dontplaymepayme

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  12. Colin Gilbey

    So, we educate young people up to university entrance standard ( well we used to ) and now make it ever more difficult for them to go, while advertising round the world to fill the plumb professional and research places. Is this really the way to build a stable, “integrated” society for the future? The BNP, EDL etc must think its Christmas.

  13. BNP: Cameron "advocating BNP policy" | Left Foot Forward

    […] immigration cap, including on a trip to India last July, and again in September; as Will Straw reported: “Responding to a question from Left Foot Forward at the Konigswinter 60th anniversary […]

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