Hot Topic: Devolved immigration powers

Immigration continues to be one of the most controversial of topics and the government has not yet come close to meeting its own target of limiting it to a maximum net immigration of 100,000 per year.  Chuka Umunna, a Labour MP from London, has announced a report that says our ‘one size fits all’ approach to immigration is does not work for Britain and that local and devolved authorities should make that decisions about the scale and type of immigration.

In practice, this would mean that Lord Smith and Cllr Cliff Morris, for Wigan and Bolton, would be in charge of local immigration policy.  I think that this is a bad idea and central government needs to do more to control immigration but I would be interested in knowing your views - let me know what you think at chris@chris-green.org.uk.