Category Archives: Immigration

VIDEO: Discussing immigration on Daily Politics

Mark Reckless today joined Atul Hatwal, Director of Migration Matters Trust, on BBC’s Daily Politics to discuss the impact which mass immigration has had on the United Kingdom.

Speaking after the show Mark said:

“I know from talking to my constituents that the issue of immigration is one of their top concerns and I welcome the action which this government has taken to cut net inflow to the UK. We remain on course to cut immigration from the 100s of thousands seen under Labour to the 10s of thousands.

I look forward to debating the further proposed measures aimed at limiting immigration this coming Tuesday when the Immigration Bill returns to the House of Commons for its second reading.”

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Mark Reckless calls on France to take on migrant responsibility

Speaking on this evening’s BBC South East news programme item, Mark Reckless MP called for France to take greater responsibility in shouldering the burden of non-EU migrants seeking a better life in Europe:

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Why Do Labour Fund This?

This evening I debated on Channel 4 News with a lady from the Refugee and Migrant Forum of East London (RAMFEL). They are based in Ilford and appear to receive funding from three Labour councils, Hackney, Tower Hamlets and Barking & Dagenham.

Yet RAMFEL’s website criticises action to crack down on employers of illegal immigrants, supports a campaign called “Hands Off My Workmate” and describes employers who co-operate with the authorities against illegal immigration as “grasses”.

Do Labour agree with this? If not, why are they helping fund it?

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VIDEO: Special BBC Report on Romanian migration Pt.2

Part two of a special BBC South East Today report which follows Mark Reckless, MP for Rochester and Strood, to Bucharest on the Home Affairs Select Committee’s fact finding visit to Romania to assess the potential impact of open migration to the UK once EU restrictions on free movement are removed this coming January.

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VIDEO: Special BBC Report on Romanian migration Pt.1

BBC South East Today follows Mark Reckless, MP for Rochester and Strood, to Bucharest to report on the Home Affairs Select Committee’s fact finding visit to Romania to assess the potential impact of open migration to the UK once EU restrictions on free movement are removed this coming January.

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Dealing with Romanian Immigration

Today I am travelling to Romania to see what we can do to limit the flow of immigrants from Romania to the UK once EU restrictions on free movement are removed this coming January.

The Romanian Ambassador recently told us at the Home Affairs Select Committee that he expected 15-20 thousand Romanians to move to the UK annually once restrictions were removed. His Bulgarian counterpart estimated that the annual movement from Bulgaria would be 8-10 thousand. Others such as the respected think tank Migration Watch have estimated higher.

Along with Keith Vaz MP, our Chairman, and fellow Conservative James Clappison MP I will, over the next couple of days, be seeking to understand the extent of poverty and unemployment and other factors which might ‘push’ people to leave Romania, and see what can be done in the UK to discourage substantial immigration from Romania and Bulgaria.

The government is bringing in a new Immigration Bill which may help in some areas, although I wish some actions had been taken earlier – and suspect these were previously vetoed by the Liberal Democrats.

One key problem we have in the UK is the interaction between immigration and our welfare system. Unlike other EU countries, except Ireland and Denmark, we have a means tested rather than contributory system which pays over quite substantial tax credits to people with low and some middling incomes who have children. This may be quite a draw to Romanians and Bulgarians even when they want to work.

Of course my preferred solution is to leave the EU as soon as possible and take back control of our own borders to decide ourselves whom we allow into our country.

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VIDEO: Euroscepticism “alive and well in Kent”

Watch Mark Reckless debate the European Union with Lib Dem MEP Catherine Bearder and Labour peer Lord Bassam on BBC’s Sunday Politics South East:

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VIDEO: Mark Reckless MP responds to Home Secretary on Press Regulator

Mark Reckless, MP for Rochester and Strood, responds to the Home Secretary, Theresa May, following the debate on the Crime and Courts Bill.

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Blog: Home Secretary Falls at First Hurdle

4191033926_a88abc6598_bHaving made all manner of promises on Saturday 9th March about taking on Strasbourg and the ECHR, Theresa May returned to her office on Monday 11th March and did the exact opposite. She signed a letter to the Prime Minister, who we can only hope is made of sterner stuff than his Home Secretary, setting out terms for yet another surrender to Strasbourg.

I have been provided with a leaked copy of that letter which I publish below. See also here for my initial response in the Sunday Telegraph.

There are so many mistakes in what the letter states about the law that it is hard to know where to begin, although I expect Dominic Raab to explain to colleagues later. My own impression is that Home Office officials, and particularly its lawyers, have developed a degree of Stockholm syndrome in their relationship with the ECHR.

Any well thought through proposal to rein in the operation of the ECHR in this country, and I believe that Dominic Raab is a far better lawyer than those on whom the Home Secretary relies, is resisted on at best weak and at worst wholly bogus grounds. The Home Office simply seems to have lost the will to fight back against the monstrous human rights culture which has sapped it of the ability to do its job, i.e. protect British citizens from harm.

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Video: Mark Reckless MP on Newsnight 8 March 2013

Mark Reckless MP discusses the issue of immigration on BBC’s Newsnight programme on 8th March 2013.

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