The level of immigration into the country is the biggest concern of voters in Northampton, one of the town’s MPs has said.
Conservative MP for Northampton North Michael Ellis said who was supporting the Immigration Bill currently going through Parliament because it would “protect public services from abuse.”
He said: “The people of Northampton know that when net migration is too high, it puts pressure on schools, hospitals, accommodation, transport and social services, and it can drive down wages for people on low incomes.
“In all the surveys and door to door canvassing I have done in Northampton North the number one issue raised by my constituents is immigration. That is why I support the Immigration Bill currently going through parliament.
“The bill will tackle illegal working, protect our public services, and deport foreign criminals more quickly.
“Illegal working hurts local businesses, and also exposes migrants to traffickers and dangerous working conditions. This bill is about tackling illegal working, supporting local businesses and preventing the exploitation of workers.
“The Government is also protecting our public services from abuse by changing the way people access benefits and the NHS. The Bill will tighten access to services.”
Mr Ellis said he was also concerned about protecting the UK from foreign criminals who often lodge human rights claims to delay deportations.
He said: “The Immigration Bill will help our Immigration officers to deport criminals before they lodge appeals.
“When properly managed, immigration enriches this country, as we benefit from the skills, talent and entrepreneurial flair that people bring to our society. But uncontrolled, mass migration makes it difficult to maintain social cohesion, puts pressure on public services and can force down wages. It is only fair to the people who play by the rules that we ensure that those who have no right to be here are dealt with appropriately.”