THE TRUTH HURTS! May de­fies crit­ics of her tough stance on mi­grants

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HOME Sec­re­tary Theresa May has faced an an­gry back­lash from busi­ness lead­ers and refugee char­i­ties for falsely “vil­i­fy­ing” im­mi­grants in a bid to boost her own po­lit­i­cal ca­reer.

The In­sti­tute of Di­rec­tors (IoD) is­sued a strongly-worded re­sponse to her an­nounce­ment of a sharp tight­en­ing of asy­lum and immigration rules at the Con­ser­va­tive Party con­fer­ence yesterday.

In what was widely per­ceived as a pitch for the party lead­er­ship, she de­clared the UK “does not need” large num­bers of for­eign ar­rivals, warn­ing they are putting Bri­tish work­ers out of a job and forc­ing down wages. It also made it harder to cre­ate a “co­he­sive so­ci­ety”, she sug­gested. Urg­ing party mem­bers to “put Bri­tain first”, she said she would act to re­duce the num­bers gain­ing asy­lum af­ter ar­riv­ing in the UK and to make sure over­seas stu­dents left the coun­try af­ter their cour­ses.

But the IoD ac­cused her of jeop­ar­dis­ing Bri­tain’s eco­nomic re­cov­ery with “ir­re­spon­si­ble rhetoric and pan­der­ing to anti-immigration sen­ti­ment”.

Di­rec­tor gen­eral Si­mon Walker said: “It is yet another ex­am­ple of the Home Sec­re­tary turn­ing away the world’s best and bright­est, putting in­ter­nal party pol­i­tics ahead of coun­try, and help­ing our com­peti­tor economies in­stead of our own.

“The myth of the job-steal­ing im­mi­grant is non­sense. Im­mi­grants do not steal jobs, they help fill vi­tal skill short­ages and, in do­ing so, cre­ate de­mand and more jobs. If they did steal jobs, we wouldn’t have the record lev­els of em­ploy­ment we cur­rently do.

“Po­lit­i­cal lead­ers should stop vil­i­fy­ing mi­grants and ac­knowl­edge the im­por­tant con­tri­bu­tion they make to this coun­try’s econ­omy.”

Mrs May’s pro­pos­als for asy­lum mark a ma­jor de­par­ture from the sys­tem Bri­tain uses to of­fer refuge for those flee­ing con­flict and per­se­cu­tion around the world and ap­pears to be aimed at re­duc­ing the num­bers com­ing to the coun­try.

In a hard­en­ing of Tory rhetoric, she took on claims FUR­THER spells of rain on Wed­nes­day – heavy at times – across eastern parts of the UK will grad­u­ally clear away into the North Sea.

Dry and bright else­where but cool and windy.

Highs of 15C in Lon­don, 14C in Cardiff, 13C in Manch­ester and Belfast, 12C in Ed­in­burgh.

Thurs­day will be drier and brighter for many, with that the UK is a coun­try of im­mi­grants, in­stead ar­gu­ing it had “re­mark­able pop­u­la­tion sta­bil­ity” un­til re­cently.

Refugee Coun­cil Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Mau­rice Wren said: “Ev­ery­one would like to see the num­ber of asy­lum claims in Bri­tain go down, but only be­cause that would mean the world had be­come a safer, more peace­ful place. As it stands, the Home Sec­re­tary’s am­bi­tions are sim­ply out of step with re­al­ity. The world is fac­ing one of the worst refugee crises we’ve ever seen.

“The global sys­tem of refugee pro­tec­tion is based on the prin­ci­ple that ev­ery­one has the right to claim asy­lum and to have that claim ex­am­ined prop­erly.

“In­stead of seek­ing to close the door on refugees reach­ing Bri­tain by cre­at­ing the idea they are some­how un­wor­thy of our help, the Home Sec­re­tary should fo­cus her ef­forts on re­form­ing Bri­tain’s asy­lum sys­tem so it treats peo­ple with dig­nity and re­spect.

“The Home Sec­re­tary’s clear in­ten­tion to close Bri­tain’s bor­der to refugees flee­ing for their lives is thor­oughly chill­ing.” some chilly nights.

Highs of 16C in Lon­don, 15C in Cardiff, 14C in Manch­ester and Belfast, 13C in Ed­in­burgh.

OUT­LOOK: mainly bright.

Dry and SLAMMED: Boss Si­mon Walker has hit out at Theresa May over mi­grants

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