Northfield Talks Immigration Final Report


Today I am launching my final report on immigration: Northfield Talks Immigration

Many of you will  recall the immigration survey and public meeting I held over winter. My report summarises the findings from the survey and  the key themes that were highlighted by local people during the Northfield Talks event.

The four key findings of the report are:

1. Immigration is clearly an important issue but masks concerns about other things.

2. Monitoring and enforcement of laws on jobs, wages and borders must be improved.

3. People want the facts and a sensible debate.

4. The existing government policy of a fixed cap is not working.

You can read the report here: Northfield Talks Immigration

I hope you enjoy reading this report. And, as ever, I want to know your views so please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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I was Labour Member of Parliament for Birmingham Northfield between 1992 and 2019 and a former Shadow Transport Minister. I now chair Healthwatch in Birmingham and Solihull, and the West Midlands Board of Remembering Srebrenica. I also work as a public affairs consultant. I am an effective community advocate and stakeholder alliance builder with a passion for human rights. I am a trustee of the Balfour Project charity and of Citizens Advice Birmingham, and a former Chair of Medical Aid for Palestinians.

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