Immigration policy ‘hasn’t worked so far’, says David Cameron


Prime Minister David Cameron has told the BBC the government’s policy on immigration “hasn’t worked so far”.
The PM said he was “frustrated” at the failure to cut net migration numbers.
Asked whether he agreed with Home Secretary Theresa May that social cohesion was impossible if immigration was too high, he said: “She’s right.”
She told the Conservative conference the UK “does not need” net migration at current levels, saying the overall economic effect was “close to zero”.
Her speech at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester was criticised by charities and business groups, with the Institute of Directors attacking its “irresponsible rhetoric”.
In other developments on day three of the conference:
Mrs May also unveiled radical new laws for people seeking asylum in the UK
Boris Johnson – seen as a potential Conservative leadership rival to Mrs May – said welfare reforms must protect low-paid workers
Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith said the mission of his welfare reforms was to “restore people’s lives”
Education Secretary Nicky Morgan and Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt also addressed delegates
Prime Minister David Cameron said Mr Hunt’s earlier comments on tax credits had been “misinterpreted”
Parents in England who refuse to pay a penalty after their children play truant will have their child benefit docked
The UK’s ban on prisoners’ rights to vote looks set to continue after a European ruling
Live updates from the Conservative conference
Mr Cameron remains committed to getting net migration – the difference between the numbers entering and leaving the UK – below 100,000 a year.
But despite some initial progress caused by a crackdown on non-EU immigration it has now climbed to record levels – reaching 330,000 a year, according to the latest figures.
Mr Cameron told BBC News: “Yes people are frustrated. I’m frustrated by this.”
“I want to see immigration come down. That’s why we’ve taken all the steps that we have. It hasn’t worked so far because of the large numbers coming from inside the EU.” BORDER

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