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Your money is being spent to help millions of people join the EU


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We are paying almost £2 billion to encourage Macedonia, Albania, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey to join the EU. When they join, over 88 million more people will have a right to live and work in the UK. The Government cannot control migration from the EU if we remain. We have a flourishing economy in this country with great public services and a National Living Wage. That is bound to attract more people. Free movement of people is a noble dream but many local people despair of the cost […]

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Every EU citizen has a right to live and work in the UK


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  EU citizenship gives the right to live and work anywhere in the EU on the same basis as the citizens of each member state. Every citizen of each member state is also an EU citizen. Within the EU, we are forbidden from controlling migration from the EU. Meanwhile, local people’s families outside the EU often face harsh barriers just to visit. In the ten years to 2024, the UK’s population is projected to grow by 440,000 per year – roughly a city the […]

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A Parliamentary Question on immigration


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Yesterday, I asked the Immigration Minister a Parliamentary Question on the future of migration policy in the European Union: Steve: Through their recent renegotiation the Government have demonstrated that an axiom of our EU membership is our common European citizenship, which implies the common treatment of people right across the EU. Will the Minister not concede that if the public vote to remain in the EU, he will not long be able to resist pressure in the Council of Ministers […]

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Relocation of children from Europe


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Following Monday’s consideration of Lords amendments to the Immigration Bill, there has been a furious backlash challenging the humanity and, where relevant, faith of those of us who supported the Government. Parliament is sometimes required to make exceptionally difficult decisions in complex circumstances of mass suffering to which political power is a poor solution. Such decisions are always politicised. Typically, motives and character are condemned before an explanation is sought for an unwelcome decision. Lord Dubs had successfully moved a new clause which would require the Home Secretary, […]

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A Parliamentary Question on the Immigration Bill


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Last night, I was able to ask the Minister of State for the Home Office a Parliamentary Question during a debate on the Immigration Bill and the settling of migrants from conflict zones: Steve Baker: Share this contribution A few minutes ago, my right hon. Friend mentioned the actions of our European partners. Can he give the House an indication of how this Government’s actions compare with those of our European neighbours? Minister for Immigration (James Brokenshire): Share this contribution […]

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Syrian refugees and migrants


The UK is the second biggest bilateral donor of humanitarian aid to Syria, having already pledged £1 billion as well as some £60 million additional funding to help those still in the country. Since the crisis began nearly 5000 Syrians and their dependents have been granted asylum through normal procedures, and the Vulnerable Persons Relocations scheme is already up and running, with hundreds of the most vulnerable Syrians welcomed into the country for protection and support. The Prime Minister has […]

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Letter to Immigration Minister


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I have recently become aware that there are increasing delays with the Tribunal service when ruling on constituent immigration cases and communicating decisions. In order to address this issue, I have written to the Immigration Minister, James Brokenshire MP. I have highlighted a number of concerns held by constituents, specifically regarding the timing of hearings and the lack of communication. I have asked the Minister to clarify what steps are being taken to ensure a more efficient, timely process whilst maintaining […]

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The three essential points of a successful EU renegotiation


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Our present relationship with the European Union is untenable. As David Cameron has said, “we need fundamental, far-reaching change”. We are now in a Parliament which will deliver an in/out referendum on our membership after a renegotiation by the Government. The following three points must be achieved if any renegotiation is to be successful: A sovereign Parliament. The elected representatives of the British people must have the freedom and power to determine the law which governs life in the United Kingdom.  Today, EU rules account for […]

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Controlling immigration – Conservatives: securing a better future


Tonight is the John Hampden Grammar School Question Time which kicks off the election campaign in Wycombe. More here. In preparation for the event, I’m publishing a series of videos which set out how Conservatives are securing a better future for our country.

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Supporting Sir Bill Cash’s UK Sovereignty and Jurisdiction over Borders Bill


On 3 December, my colleague Sir Bill Cash MP, presented his United Kingdom Parliament (Sovereignty and Jurisdiction over Borders) Bill to the House of Commons. I am a supporter. The Bill aims to give supreme sovereignty to the British Parliament in relation to the UK’s membership of the European Union, including matters in respect of borders and immigration. While the United Kingdom remains a part of the European Union, the Government is unable to choose its own border controls. That is one […]

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