Frank Field MP
Your MP for Birkenhead
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The left ignores immigration

17 November 2016

Matthew Norman hits the bullseye with his point about working class anger toward the political class (i, 14 November). But this first dart needs to be followed up with an equally accurate second, if the centre-left is to rebuild its electoral base among working-class voters.

That second dart must strike at the paradox in which centre-left politicians claim to be on the side of the oppressed, while continuing to impose an open borders policy on those voters. Such a policy grinds against any serious attempt at welfare reform, to raise wages at the bottom, or to solve the housing crisis. The Brexit vote rubber-stamped voters' disapproval of open borders.

An investment and skills-led agenda which reduces the need for overseas workers, without harming the economy, offers Britain's centre-left a major opportunity to apply the lessons it has been served by voters.




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