Co-Chair Frank Field discusses renegotiation of EU free movement

6 October 2014

On Saturday, 4th October 2014, Co-Chair of the Balanced Migration group Frank Field appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Today to discuss the renegotiation of EU free movement. You can listen to the interview here (interview starts about 1hr 20 mins in): http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04k2lqq    

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Press Statement from the Balanced Migration Group on the latest Immigration Statistics

22 May 2014

Commenting on today’s net migration figures, Frank Field MP and Nicholas Soames MP, co-chairmen of the Cross Party Group on Balanced Migration said:   ‘These new figures illustrate the difficulty of getting immigration down as the British public most certainly want. They also confirm the need for a target as a focus for government policy. Without […]

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Co-Chair Nicholas Soames speaks at Commons Debate on Immigration Bill

30 January 2014

On the 30th January, Co-chair Nicholas Soames spoke at the third reading of the Immigration Bill. He stressed that any well-functioning immigration system needed to tackle illegal immigration. He also suggested the government take another look at the idea of using identity cards to gain access to the NHS and other public services. The full […]

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Statement on the latest Population Projections

10 December 2013

Following today’s new ONS population projection, Frank Field MP and Nicholas Soames MP of the Cross-Party Group on Balanced Migration said: “These new figures underline the importance of getting immigration back under control and keeping it there. If net migration were allowed to drift back up to 225,000 a year the UK population in mid […]

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Statement on the Draft Immigration Bill

10 October 2013

Following the publication of the Government’s Immigration Bill, Frank Field MP and Nicholas Soames MP of the Cross Party Group on Balanced Migration said: “We welcome the proposals in the Government’s Immigration Bill. There are two sides to the immigration coin. We wish to welcome those who will contribute to our society, but we must […]

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Reaction to the Queen’s Speech

8 May 2013

Frank Field and Nicholas Soames, reacting to the provisions in The Queen’s Speech, commented: “The Queen’s Speech provides another important success for the Cross Party Group on Balanced Migration. Restricting free access to health care for people who have recently arrived in this country and those who have stayed illegally has been a measure that […]

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Co-Chair Nicholas Soames speaks at the Backbench Business debate on Romanian and Bulgarian Immigration

23 April 2013

Yesterday, a debate was held in Westminster Hall in response to a successful e-petition regarding immigration from Romania and Bulgaria. The full transcript can be read here bit.ly/14LO5Ll . CPG co-chair Nicholas Soames  suggested that consideration should be given to whether EU members should have powers, during periods of high unemployment, to restrict the free movement of […]

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Urgent Question on Immigrants and NHS Treatment

26 March 2013

On the 25th March in the House of Commons, Frank Field MP secured an urgent question to the Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt MP. He asked  ”what moves the Government intend to take to prevent the National Health Service becoming an international health service.”  Nicholas Soames MP asked the Secretary of State for […]

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Urgent Question on Romanians and Bulgarians (Benefits)

7 March 2013

On the 5th March in the House of Commons Frank Field MP secured an urgent question to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. He asked  “if he will make a statement on what actions the Government are planning to restrict welfare to newcomers from Bulgaria and Romania from 1 January next year.”  In […]

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Access to State Services

4 March 2013

Today Nicholas Soames and Frank Field said: “The Cross Party Group on Balanced Migration warmly welcomes the news that the Government are looking closely at access by new arrivals both to the NHS and to social housing and not before time. The Cross Party Group has vigorously been pressing the Health Secretary to introduce checks […]

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