Andy Burnham’s Immigration Flip-Flops in Full

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Today Andy Burnham calls for tougher controls on immigration, in fairness something he has backed multiple times. The only problem is he has backed down every time he got tough. Let’s look at that flip-flopping record:

In 2010, he told the Telegraph that his party was “in denial” on immigration:

“We were in denial. We were behind the issue all the time, and myths were allowed to develop. There’s still an ambivalence among some in Labour about discussing immigration. I’ve been accused of dog-whistle politics for doing so.”

But in August 2015 at the Mirror leadership hustings he was happy to attack Cameron for the same ‘dog-whistle politics’:

“It’s disgusting to have a Prime Minister who refers to a swarm of migrants and it confirms there’s no dog whistle that these Bullingdon boys won’t blow.”

A month later in September 2015 he argued for tougher immigration controls, saying:

“For too long, we have argued that free movement across Europe benefits everyone and affects all areas equally. That’s just not true … Labour hasn’t faced up to that, and that’s why we look out of touch.”

However the next month he slammed Labour’s infamous “Controls on immigration” mugs:

“I am not responsible for all Labour party merchandise. I didn’t purchase one of those mugs myself and I am not particularly proud of them.”

In June 2016 he argued against an immigration cap:

“The Conservative party are realising it’s a mistake to put an arbitrary number on the whole issue. It is much more complicated than that… The numbers will go up and down according the the current health of the economy.”

And today he wants to get tough. He’s been on quite a migrant journey…




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