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Immigration controls backed by south Dorset MP Richard Drax
11:30am Monday 10th September 2012 in Local News
SOUTH Dorset MP Richard Drax has supported a motion to stabilise the UK’s population as close as possible to its present level.
The motion was tabled by Nicholas Soames MP and former Labour minister Frank Field to urge the government to ‘take all necessary steps to get immigration down so population is stabilised as close to the present level as possible.’ MPs who are backing the motion are urging the government to slash net migration from its current level of 200,000 people a year.
Mr Drax supported the idea that uncontrolled immigration had put a huge pressure on public services.
He said: “I believe, as do many of my constituents, that this country is full.”
Mr Drax’s comments came after a debate in the House of Commons which was brought by the backbench business committee.
An e-petition gained 140,000 votes to force the debate.
He said: “I hope that we will have a firm and fair system so that the people who come into this country have visas and references and money in a bank account.”