10/02/15
Controlling Migration
The country and Milton Keynes needs qualified free movement of people in order to attract international companies to set up European headquarters or operations in the UK. Santander is a good example in Milton Keynes where key Santander personnel can live and work in Milton Keynes itself.  Our NHS has a shortage of skilled staff. To prevent the influx of skilled professionals such as doctors and nurses from overseas, the UK must increase the medical qualifications and training available to UK citizens. In addition, I have personally evidence that medical professionals such as paramedics are expensive to train, that there is inadequate mobility between NHS trusts and that highly trained staff are emigrating. We must stop this ludicrous situation; I will campaign for change.

The UK needs to follow the MK lead and create 10 new towns by 2025 to the successful MK garden city format. The government also want MK to continue to expand.  If we do not have the trained work force in place from the UK, building firms will bring in migrants, a waste of employment opportunity to MK citizens.  Businesses have stated their concern at the low levels of highly skilled workers available.  A correctly trained UK workforce and incentives to businesses to home-grow a workforce is a positive way of controlling migration by removing the need for many migrants to be invited in.   Withholding benefits for immigrants may be another effective way of controlling the influx of migrants that abuse the NHS and welfare system, mostly coming from the EU. Germany, for example, is preparing to restrict the period in which immigrants are allowed to stay in their country without a proper job. The United Kingdom has overhauled its immigration law and implemented a points-based system for non-European Union migrants wishing to come to the UK to work, study, and train.  It still needs to ensure a more robust policy on EU migrants.
The points-based immigration system is broken into five tiers and replaces the previous 80 or so routes that existed previously. Each tier has different conditions, entitlements, and entry requirements for people wishing to live and work in the UK.  This should continue to work to the needs of the UK and be strictly policed. The options to fix these problems should be promoted ahead of any proposed EU Referendum. 

EU Reform
As stated, the majority of the UK, French and German public are all increasingly worried about migrants abusing their social services.  If the situation cannot be managed or reform proved impossible, I would agree with the "in/out" referendum on British membership of the European Union in 2017. When asked how they would vote if Britain renegotiates its terms with the EU, and the government ensures British interests are better protected, a wide majority of over 50% said they would vote to stay.  However the EU has made it clear that it will not re-negotiate the terms. The UK public want the facts on both EU membership and its impact on the UK, both positive and negative; UK citizens also want to retain sovereignty and self-determination of its laws. The UK has always benefited from the important special relationship with the US who have stated they believe this would be threatened if the UK left the EU. All these issues must be raised to enable the MK constituents to be clear on any effect on the local economy and country as a whole.