LAbour leAder mAkes big im­mi­grA­tion speech in city

Jeremy Cor­byn blames govern­ment not mi­grants for pres­sure on ser­vices

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News - By Joel Lamy and Paul Fisher news@peter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk Twit­ter: @Peter­bor­oughTel

Jeremy Cor­byn chose fiercely pro-Brexit Peter­bor­ough for a big Labour speech on im­mi­gra­tion... and said mi­grants were un­fairly blamed for pres­sure on ser­vices. The Labour leader ad­dressed party mem­bers and se­lected me­dia at a closed meet­ing at the Pas­ton Farm Cen­tre on Tues­day­where­he­saidLabour is “not wed­ded to free­dom of move­ment for EU cit­i­zens”.

How­ever, MrCor­byn­came in for crit­i­cism lo­cally for ei­ther be­ing too pro or too an­ti­im­mi­gra­tion.

MP­forPeter­bor­oughSte­wart Jack­son pre-empted the visit by call­ing on the Labour leader to apol­o­gise for “the record lev­els of im­mi­gra­tion caused by his party and the im­pact on public ser­vices in Peter­bor­ough.”

Con­versely, the Peter­bor­ough Green Party said it was “dis­ap­pointed by the Labour leader’s an­nounce­ment that he is no longer com­mit­ted to the prin­ci­ple of free move­ment and by his de­ci­sion to make this an­nounce­ment from Peter­bor­ough.”

Dur­ing a five min­utein­ter­view with the Peter­bor­ough Tele­graph, Mr Cor­byn was asked what he would say to res­i­dents whostrug­gle­to­geta GPap­point­men­tortheirchild a school place.

Hereplied: “I would say we should­bring­back­theMi­grant Im­pact Fund that Gor­don Brown’s govern­ment es­tab­lished in 2009/10 which was there to sup­port lo­cal gov­ern­men­twith­fund­ing­toin­crease the num­ber of school places, the num­ber of GPs and hos­pi­tal fa­cil­i­ties.

“That surely has to be the right an­swer to it, but also recog­nise that there are many peo­ple work­ing within our Na­tional Health Ser­vice who have come from other parts of Europe who are cru­cial to the sur­vival of those ser­vices.”

Asked whether peo­ple would­be­less­con­cerned­about im­mi­gra­tionifthere­was­more fund­ing for ser­vices, Mr Cor­byn said: “I think some­times there are is­sues sur­round­ing short­ages of ser­vices in which peo­ple are un­fairly blamed.

“I think the real is­sue is the way­in­whichthis­gov­ern­ment has treated lo­cal govern­ment ser­vices.”

June’s EU ref­er­en­dum saw 61 per cent of Peter­bor­ough

Jeremy Cor­byn speak­ing at the Pas­ton Farm Cen­tre

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