By Simon Danczuk MP
Britain has a long and rich history of immigration going back as far as the Bronze Age. In more recent years, the post-war immigration boom has transformed Britain into one of the most diverse, multicultural countries on earth. Socially, culturally and economically immigration has been one of the most powerful forces for change our country has ever seen, doing much to shape the modern British identity.
But while many on the left celebrate this phenomenon as being an unquestionable force for good, there is no cosy consensus with the British public. Indeed, there are plenty who believe it’s gone too far and needs reining in.
I represent a constituency with a large ethnic minority population and immigration is a major doorstep issue. We have one of the highest immigration caseloads in the North West and it’s something that regularly comes up with constituents. It’s rare, however, that their views are reflected in national debate (Gillian Duffy is a notable exception),Read More »from The left must get tough on immigration