Talking about immigration in Morley

Around 40 members of the public joined me at Morley Victoria School on Friday evening to talk about immigration.

We discussed the effects we see here in Morley and the surrounding areas, and the various myths about immigration we sometimes read in the papers.

One issue which was brought up repeatedly was jobs – and the few dodgy employers who are willing to break the law and pay migrants less than the minimum wage.

It’s crucial that employers play fair, and work within the rules about the minimum wage, so that we can protect jobs and wage levels for local people.

Joining a trade union can be a good way to protect and stand up for your rights at work. Or you can get in touch with my office confidentially if you know of an employer who is breaking the law.

We also talked about how our rules on immigration compare with those in other countries. Despite recent improvements, we agreed there is an ongoing need to speed up the way we deal with applications for asylum, to make it a fairer system all round.

Thanks to everyone who came along. It turned out to be a very interesting debate. If you have views on how we handle immigration you can get in touch with me at

Share and Enjoy:
  • Print
  • Digg
  • Google Bookmarks
  • Add to favorites
  • Yahoo! Buzz
  • Technorati
  • email
  • Facebook
  • MySpace
  • Reddit
  • RSS
  • Twitter
Posted November 21st, 2009 by Ed