Thursday, 4 May 2017

Independent: Tory think tank rounds on May over pledge to cut net migration to below 100,000

Independent: Tory think tank rounds on May over pledge to cut net migration to below 100,000

A leading Conservative think tank has urged Theresa May to drop the Government’s target to reduce net migration when the party issues its general election manifesto.

Bright Blue, a group of modernisers who describe themselves as liberal conservatives, has attacked the goal of bringing net migration below 100,000 a year as “arbitrary, indiscriminate and unachievable".

The group’s advisory board includes Damian Green, the Work and Pensions Secretary and former immigration minister; George Freeman, who chairs Ms May’s No 10 policy board; and the former ministers Nicky Morgan, Maria Miller, Nick Boles and Lord (David) Willetts.

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