Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Immigration petition set to trigger MP debate after 100,000 join fight to limit immigrant population

Parliament is under pressure to hold a controversial debate on immigration, after more than 100,000 people signed a petition calling for curbs on people entering Britain.

An online petition launched by Migration Watch UK passed the crucial level required for a topic to be considered for debate in the House of Commons yesterday.

The petition urges the Government to take “all necessary steps” to curb immigration and stop the UK's population from reaching more than 70 million.

A survey by the campaign group this week showed that four in five English people think the country is crowded.

Two MPs, Frank Field and Nicholas Soames, who are co-chairs of the cross-party group on balanced migration, said they would now push for the matter to be discussed in parliament given the “remarkable response”.

“It underlines what our group has been saying for three years: namely that there is pent up frustration at the failure of the political class to get a grip of mass immigration,” they said in a joint statement. more