Last week I spoke in Westminster to discuss the impacts the new migration rules will have on communities in the UK. Alongside the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants, the Migrants Rights Network and fellow MP’s, I discussed how the Government’s recent plans disproportionately affect particular groups.
I came to this country as a migrant with my wife as my sponsor. She didn’t have an income of £18,600 per year, and these new rules would not have allowed me to join her here in the UK. I wanted to come to the UK in order to work hard and secure a better life for myself. Mine or my partner’s earnings should not prevent me in wanting to do so and hundreds of thousands of others who want the same thing. I worked hard as a councillor for 28 years before I became a Member of Parliament. I have made a contribution to society, a society in my constituency which is known for its multi-ethnicity and booming businesses. I am proud to say that Ealing Southall have immigrants who have come to the UK in the hope of working hard and giving back to the economy.
Our community spirit is strong, and recent street parties for the Royal Wedding and Diamond Jubilee brought everyone, young and old, of a rich and varied mix of ethnicities, nationalities and origins together and celebrate our British’ness.
The Government needs to reconsider these plans to ensure we thrive as a country who welcomes diversity, rich culture and talent-regardless of one’s earnings.