Boris Johnson is not the only politician to stand up for immigration

boris and cameronThe Telegraph reports Boris Johnson’s claim that he is the only politician to stand up for immigration.

I’m probably about the only politician I know of who is actually willing to stand up and say that he’s pro-immigration.

Nonsense. I can only guess that Boris doesn’t know many politicians. He even jokes that the only party backing immigration is the Greens. That’s not right and I am sure he knows it. The Lib Dems are the party that takes a positive attitude to immigration, and unlike the Greens, we are part of the government.

Here on Lib Dem Voice we’ve reported Tim Farron’s positive perspectives on immigration. Our Lib Dem president is not a man scared of saying that immigrants are making a positive contribution to our society. Julian Huppert told us:

As a liberal, I believe that we benefit from immigration. Overall, this country is a richer place, economically and culturally, because we have people from around the world coming here to work, study and play.

Just right. Norman Baker has raged against the Home Office, accusing it of raising the profile of its anti-immigrant rhetoric to disguise the failing of its immigration border controls.

We’ve also published grassroots comment. Merlene Emerson has condemned the Immigration Bill as illiberal. So has Issan Ghazni in his forceful open letter to Lib Dem MPs. Euro MEP candidate Giles Goodall spelt out the benefits of EU immigration only last weekend.

It’s good to see Boris Johnson championing a liberal perspective on one of the of the most fraught issues in politics. I guess he feels very lonely in a Conservative party that is instinctively scared of immigration, a party that is whipped around by the headlines of the tabloids and that lives in constant fear of UKIP. But it is a shame that he chooses to ignore the true champions of a fair immigration policy: the Lib Dems.

* Andy Boddington is a Lib Dem councillor in Shropshire. He blogs at andybodders.co.uk. He is Thursday editor of Lib Dem Voice.

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4 Comments

  • “The Lib Dems are the party that takes a positive attitude to immigration…”

    Considering that one of the headline ‘achievements’ you trumpeted only a few months ago was “Immigration down by a third” I don’t think too many people are going to be convinced by that.
    http://www.libdems.org.uk/ourrecord.aspx

  • Well, how voting on the immigration bill certainly puts that fear to rest Simon. 😛

  • Andy Boddington 27th Oct '13 - 5:45am

    Good point Simon. We always need careful phrasing on this topic

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