Mr Partridge, formerly assistant and then head of the Migration and Visa Department of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office between 1979 and 1983, recalls his 'unpleasant responsibility' when forced to assist in the implementation of the new Government's first changes to the immigration rules.
The new immigration rules are a further step backwards. They impose even stricter conditions in many areas. For example, the rules require widowed parents to be at least 65 years of age before they can join their children in the United Kingdom. In the belief that they cover every eventuality, they also require the dismissal of all appeals where the claims are not specifically provided for. The rules are thus sealed against compassionate appeal.
The negative depiction of immigrants may be felt to pay electoral profits for the Conservatives, but it injures good community relations and also fosters prejudice.
MP for Nottingham North
House of Commons,
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