Former PM Tony Blair has defended his Labour party’s controversial mass immigration policy, claiming Britain cannot succeed unless it opens its borders to even more people from different backgrounds. Blair added that migrants had made Britain ‘stronger’ and said those calling for greater curbs on foreigners entering the country were wrong.
UK DAILY MAIL (H/T Robin H) His comments come just days after official figures revealed that the population is expected to soar by the equivalent of a city the size of Leeds every year for the next decade.
A defiant Mr Blair insisted his party’s policy on immigration was the right one. He said: ‘It’s been a very positive thing and there is no way for a country like Britain to succeed in the future unless it is open to people of different colours, faiths and cultures.’
Under Labour, up to 5.5million (mostly Muslim) people born outside the UK arrived as long-term migrants. Between 1997 and 2010, around 2.3million left the country, meaning the UK population increased by around 3.2million as a direct result of foreign migrants.
His comments were branded ‘shameless’ by critics and are set to fuel claims that the huge increase in migrants under Labour were due to a politically motivated attempt by ministers to change the country.
Two years ago, Andrew Neather, a former adviser to Tony Blair, said that Labour’ s relaxation of controls was a deliberate plan to ‘open the UK to mass migration’. He added that Labour wanted to rub the ‘Right’s nose in diversity and render their arguments out of date’.
‘I think what people worry about is where they feel there is no control over who comes in and there are no rules governing who comes in or not, and that is a different issue altogether. ‘It would be very unfortunate if by putting those rules into place, we view that immigration was a somehow bad thing for the country, because it is not.’
Tory MP Priti Patel, said: ‘What Tony Blair has failed to recognise is that while he was in power, he opened the floodgates of mass and uncontrolled immigration which has left a damaging legacy in our towns and cities.’
Sir Andrew Green, chairman of Migrationwatch, said: ‘This is completely shameless from the Prime Minister who brought more than three million immigrants into Britain in the teeth of public opposition.’
Fellow Tory MP Dominic Raab added: ‘These comments are naïve if not reckless. Tony Blair has left Britain with a legacy of uncontrolled immigration that has put huge pressure on public services and undermined community cohesion’.
Muslims threaten to kill a British MP who was visiting a mosque to meet with constituents.
12 members of Muslims Against Crusades forced their way inside, calling MP Mike Freer a “Jewish homosexual pig” and made reference to another MP, Stephen Timms, who was stabbed last year by Muslims, as a warning that “their presence is no longer welcome in any Muslim area.”