Is Boris Johnson on the right track on immigration?


There is a predictable head of steam building up for a more populist approach to politics coming from the Tory camp in the wake of the party’s poor showings in the local elections last week. The influential ConservativeHome editor, Tim Montgomerie, has long led the call for a pro-poor, broadly based style of Conservatism that he has just reiterated in the Guardian.

For many Conservative MPs, immigration is an example of one of the things requiring the tougher policies which will get the party back on track with the voting public. As the Tory veteran Julian Brazier argued in a comment on the election, it is one of the two or three issues that really resonate with the public mood, and the recovery of Tory popularity will need to tap into this discontent.

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