Voters given chance to talk immigration

Atherton MP Julie Hilling joined Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper MP for a listening event with local residents to discuss their views on immigration
Atherton MP Julie Hilling joined Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper MP for a listening event with local residents to discuss their views on immigration

WIGANERS were given the chance to challenge the Shadow Home Secretary about immigration prior to the general election.

Dozens of residents joined Yvette Cooper alongside MP Julie Hilling in Atherton to discuss their views with the aim of ensuring a future Labour Government takes the issue seriously.

We would also make changes to the way people’s criminal records are checked

MP Julie Hilling

Ms Hilling said the initiative was vital to discuss the issues with views of local people.

She added: “Many residents were happy to hear a Labour Government would employ 1,000 more border staff funded by extra visa charges. We would also make changes to the way people’s criminal records are checked before they come to the UK.

“It is clear from the event that residents want the Government to have a controlled and well-managed policy on immigration. I will be working with Yvette to make sure a future Labour Government gets it right on this important issue.”

Mrs Cooper added: “Labour got some things wrong in government. However, we did introduce the points-based system for non-EU migrants and improved border controls.

“I am pledging to take stronger action against employment agencies that undercut jobs and wages by only advertising jobs abroad, backed up by stronger enforcement of the minimum wage and scrapping zero hour contracts.

“People coming into the country will not be able to claim benefits for at least two years.”