30 November 2019 – the overnight press release

Lib Dems respond to Tory announcement on free movement and schools

Responding to the Conservative Party’s claim that continued free movement would lead to 363,000 more children in state schools, Liberal Democrat Shadow Education Secretary Layla Moran said:

After demonising EU citizens as benefit tourists two days ago, Boris Johnson has now shamefully turned his attack on their children.

This attack is straight out of the Farage-Trump playbook. Not only is it cruel, it’s completely absurd.

The Government’s own Migration Advisory Committee has shown that there is ‘no evidence that migration has reduced school choice or the educational attainment of UK-born pupils’. More than that, EU families in the UK pay billions more in taxes than they receive in welfare and public services. Our schools rely on over 20,000 teachers from the EEA too.

Only the Liberal Democrats will stop Brexit, protect EU citizens’ rights and reverse school cuts so that every child can succeed in life.

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  • nigel hunter 30th Nov '19 - 11:26am

    363,000? Where do they get this figure? Only 48,000 came from the EU at the last count. Are they going to have 363,000 children?Does this come from NON EU migrants from all over the World with their 363,000 that are rushing to come to the UK paradise?Is it us UK-ites suddenly going to go crazy on procreation?
    NO!! creative counting spreading more dissimulation (discete)

  • They are running the “furrins are coming to take your job, house” and it will go down well with a large number of Brexiteers, heck it will go down well with more than one poster on this site. What of cause they havn’t said although they have hinted at it us they will be replacing the EU immigrants with none EU immigrants ( They need their skills, they need their youth) and that will go down like a pint of sick with many Brexiteers and more than one or two posters on this site.

  • Peter Martin 30th Nov '19 - 12:53pm

    @ Nigel Hunter,

    “Only 48,000 came from the EU at the last count”

    I think is the net figure. Emigrants from the UK to the EU are more likely to be elderly and childless. Immigrants from the EU more likely to be younger with families.

    Of course, it’s probably the UK which is getting the better of the deal in economic terms. Immigration to the UK wouldn’t be much of a problem but for the levels of austerity, both in the UK and the EU. When decent jobs are scarce and wages depressed, the correct course of action is to campaign for a looser fiscal policy to help create those jobs.

    Sadly, that doesn’t happen. We all know what does.

  • Just two facts ( yes I know facts are too Brexiteers as garlic is to vampires, they run a mile from them) but here goes

    2018, there were 731,213 live births in the UK, a decrease of 3.2% from 755,042 in 2017 and the lowest number of live births since 2006.

    There were 616,014 deaths registered in the UK in 2018, an increase of 1.5% from 607,172 in 2017.

    So births down, deaths up, can you see a trend?

    And if you can’t perhaps these statistics will help


  • Innocent Bystander 30th Nov '19 - 4:56pm

    Why would I believe the Government on migration statistics? Who else would have a bigger reason to lie?
    Anyway, following all the “links”, ” sources” and “evidence” it is clear that there isn’t any. Key words like “estimated” appear instead of “recorded”. A sure sign that, as always, evidence is just made up and it all starts with the ” village watchman who just puts down what he damn well pleases”.
    How could there be? We are off to Austria next week for the Christmas Markets and to enjoy my freedoms before the knuckle draggers take them from me. I won’t count in Austria’s immigration count because I wiil stay as long as I like (although the plan is four days).
    Any EU citizen arriving here does not have to tell anyone whether they are “visting” or “migrating”.

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