The Conservative Party is being criticised for bringing its controversial new immigration bill to Parliament today.
The legislation, first unveiled in February this year, proposes that “low-skilled” foreign workers would be barred from working in the UK.
As we have reported previously, the government’s definition of “low skilled” is based largely on income – meaning that we risk a labour shortage for many valuable yet low-paid jobs (i.e. nurses).
Introduced by Home Secretary Priti Patel, the legislation has once again been roundly criticised, as the Tories bring their proposals before MPs for a vote today.
Labour MP David Lammy said:
While Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants adviser Zoe Gardner said the government’s proposals were “vindictive”, adding:
Let’s hope it gets the parliamentary scrutiny it needs.