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April 18, 2007 10:45 ET

News from Jon Cruddas MP

Public policy response is way forward on immigration says deputy leadership candidate

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(CCNMatthews - April 18, 2007) - Deputy leadership contender and leading anti-fascist campaigner, Jon Cruddas MP, says that a planned public policy response is required on immigration.

Responding to the announcement by immigration minister, Liam Byrne, of the introduction of an Australian style points system, Jon Cruddas says that immigration is vital to the UK economy and tensions have grown because public services have not been sufficiently resourced in time to respond to the growing demand.

Jon Cruddas has said that public services need more support to prevent support for far right organisations such as the BNP. In an article, published today in a pamphlet by the Policy Network, Jon Cruddas has called for a mainstream debate on the issues of class, race, poverty and migration and their resource implications caused by immigration to prevent extremist organisations exploiting them.

Jon Cruddas, MP for Dagenham, says:

"The failure of successive government's to allocate sufficient public services, as immigration has increased to its' largest number since the 1960s, has fuelled disillusionment in the UK's poorest communities who are affected disproportionately and given fodder to extremist organisations.

"The response of mainstream politicians has also been inadequate. They, and the media, have pandered to the populists and created a contest where the toughest and most alarmist approach gains most kudos.

"We need to engender a sensible debate and an approach that is grounded in the realities of immigration and acknowledges the UK's economic reliance on immigrants."

Jon Cruddas has pointed particularly to the impact on the acute shortage of social housing, the low wage labour market and health inequalities.

The BNP is fielding nearly 900 candidates in the May elections.

You can read Jon Cruddas' article in the Policy Network think tank pamphlet published today, 'Rethinking immigration and integration' http://www.progressive-governance.net/


ENDS

Jon Cruddas is standing as a candidate for deputy leader of the Labour Party. For more information on Jon Cruddas' deputy leadership campaign visit www.joncruddas.org.uk

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