Left Foot Forward has previously questioned how the Conservative's could meet their immigration cap. Damian Green failed to clarify his party's position today.
Last week, Left Foot Forward examined whether the Conservative party’s immigration cap policy stacked up. In the BBC2 Daily Politics Election Debate, shadow immigration minister, Damian Green, had an opportunity to clarify his party’s position, which he failed to take.
Last week, Sarah Mulley wrote on this blog:
“The Conservatives’ immigration cap policy is pretty meaningless until they set out the level at which the cap would be set, and caps set at the kind of levels which they are implicitly promising would be impossible to deliver without causing the UK significant economic harm.”
Ms Mulley set out why a cap of 100,000 (assumed to be the upper limit of what the Tories want to achieve) “would still be very difficult to achieve if improvements in the economy lead to increases in work-related migration to pre-recession levels.”
In the televised debate earlier today, Damian Green had an opportunity to clarify his party’s position today. Under scrutiny from Andrew Neil, Mark Easton, Tom Brake and Phil Woolas, he outlined that the Tory cap on non-EU work permits would exclude students, children, family settlements, and asylum cases. But Mr Green failed to put a figure on what the cap offering only that a Conservative administration would hold a consultation with business. In light of all the caveats in the Tory position, Mr Woolas accused the Tories’ plans of being no different to Labour’s policy.
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