By Stephen James.

The only choice is strong borders with the Conservatives or open borders under Labour, explains former Operator of British Army Intelligence Stephen James who is standing for election in Dover and Dale.

As someone who calls East Kent home, I understand firsthand the concerns our community has about high migration levels.

These issues affect us all—whether it’s securing school placements for our children, finding suitable housing, or getting timely appointments at our local GP.

This is a pressing issue that demands a fair and resolute approach. The Conservatives are the only party committed to reducing these numbers, and we will continue to do so.

Last year, migration fell by 10%, thanks to the bold actions we have taken, even in the face of strong opposition from Labour and the Lib Dems. We have cut the number of people eligible to come to the UK by 300,000, focusing on practical solutions like closing student dependent loopholes and ending the abuse of health and care visas. These measures, as noted by Professor Brian Bell, the Government’s chief migration adviser, give us a ‘fighting chance’ to bring numbers down.

To ensure continued progress, we plan to introduce an annual legal cap on visas granted through key routes, with Parliament voting annually on these levels. This will provide voters with confidence that migration numbers are controlled. An independent expert committee will recommend these levels to the government, balancing the needs of British businesses and the NHS with the costs and benefits of migration. Additionally, we will crack down on employers who exploit the system to undercut British wages.

The Reform Party talks tough on immigration, but their plans are unworkable. A vote for Reform effectively supports Labour, which would exacerbate migration issues.

The Reform Party talks tough on immigration, but their plans are unworkable.

If Sir Keir Starmer becomes Prime Minister, people smugglers and those looking to exploit our generous system will be emboldened.

Labour’s lack of a coherent plan would make the UK a global magnet for migration. Do you really believe a Labour Party, led by someone who once labelled all immigration laws as ‘racist’ and supported free movement and a second Brexit referendum, can make the tough choices needed to bring migration down?

The fact is, migration would increase under Labour. They would scrap the Rwanda plan, leading to hundreds of thousands more people arriving in the UK by any means possible.

Do you really believe a Labour Party, led by someone who once labelled all immigration laws as ‘racist’ and supported free movement and a second Brexit referendum, can make the tough choices needed to bring migration down?

Britain is an incredibly welcoming place, but it’s clear that migration levels, both legal and illegal, are too high. This election offers a clear choice. A Conservative Prime Minister who will cap immigration and reduce the numbers, or a Labour government without a viable immigration plan and likely to offer an amnesty on illegal immigration.

In Dover and Deal, the choice is stark. A vote for anyone but the Conservatives is a vote for Starmer, open borders, and higher immigration.

Let’s choose strong borders and sensible migration policies. Let’s choose the Conservatives.


Stephen James is the Conservative Party Candidate for Dover and Deal. He is an entrepreneur whose career spans across the realms of business, education, and military service. With a background in the British Army, serving in the Intelligence Corps, Stephen founded British Veteran Owned to support veterans in establishing sustainable businesses. In the political sphere, he also founded Conservative Friends of Education to voice educational aspirations within the Conservative Party and lead Union Blue UK, a centre-right think tank advocating for positive employer-employee relations. He is also on the board of the CDO (Conservative Democratic Organisation), a movement charged with bringing democracy back to the Conservative Party and providing a voice for party members. Steven has also twice been honoured with the Kent Teacher of the Year award.
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Photo credits: Stephen James Copyright 2024 with permission.

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