Yvette Cooper MP, Labour's Shadow Home Secretary, today highlighted the chaos and confusion in the Tory-led Government's immigration policy.
The Prime Minister’s two flagship policies were the immigration cap and a UK Border Police Force. Yet the cap only applies to 20 per cent of non-EU migrants, and instead of creating a border police force he is cutting the UK Border Agency by over 5,000 staff.
And whilst David Cameron is cutting one set of student visas, he is simply expanding another - student visitor visas - which won't count in the net migration figures.
Yvette Cooper said:
"The Tory-led Government's immigration policy is in chaos. There is a massive gap between David Cameron's rhetoric and reality, with the Government's own migration advisor saying it can't control its target, big cuts to the UK Border Agency, and a complete fudge on student visas.
"And now the Business Secretary has said he doesn't even agree with the policy in the first place. David Cameron said ‘no ifs, no buts’ he would deliver on his target to cut net migration to the tens of thousands, yet Vince Cable said that it isn't coalition policy. What on earth is going on? The Government needs to tell us urgently what their policy actually is, and David Cameron needs to explain why he doesn't have workable policies to deliver.
"The Prime Minister isn't being straight with people. Immigration is too important to have this kind of chaos, and it doesn't help the sensible, open debate we need about the strong, fair controls on immigration we need for the sake of communities and the economy.
"Whether it is immigration, the NHS or student fees, once again we are getting grandstanding from the Prime Minister to hide the chaos within the government. David Cameron tried desperately to change the agenda today but it has completely backfired."