He is answering the criticisms made not just by the white British residents but a significant number of the city’s large Asian community, who complain that eastern Europeans simply don’t integrate.
Sounds like America but, in fact, this is the UK – Peterborough, to be precise. I’ve been filming in the city to examine the political impact of immigration for The Editors on BBC One.
Britain has changed and nowhere more so than in Peterborough. In the past decade 24,000 immigrants moved into this city. That is more than one in eight of the population.
Many of them were Poles (hence the tabloid headlines) but eastern Europeans are far from the only group who’ve been coming in large numbers. In the last decade nearly 5,000 people born in Pakistan made their home in the city, compared with more than 6,500 from Poland.