“There’s no route to victory at the next general election or a Conservative majority without showing action on this and people don’t want to hear talk, they want to see action.”
Robert Jenrick said he believes the Conservative Party ‘has lost its way on migration’ and warned the party faces defeat at the next election unless they ‘show action’ on tackling the problem.
In an exclusive GB News interview, Mr Jenrick said ‘the time for talk is over’.
Speaking to Patrick Christys, the former Immigration Minister warned the Rwanda Bill doesn’t currently create a workable deterrent to stop the small boats crisis.
Asked if will be voting in support of it he said: “I haven’t decided that, but I will not be supporting it if it isn’t amended. I hope the government will bring forward some serious amendments in the time that remains, because it’s not about pleasing the right of the Conservative Party.
“These are mainstream opinions shared by the vast, vast majority of the British public and if the Prime Minister wants his Government to be re-elected, at the next general election, we’ve got to get this right, this is the last opportunity to do so. We’ve done three failed bills in three years. Three strikes and we’re out. We have a very large number of Conservative MPs signing up to our amendments. We’ve got 60 already and it’s growing. So the strength of feeling is clear.
“I hope that those MPs will join me in voting for my amendments and those of Bill Cash and we can use that opportunity to persuade the government to change its course.
“But I’ve been clear that I’m not going to support a bill that doesn’t work. And so if the government does not amend this bill, does not improve it so that we have a workable scheme that genuinely stops the votes, then they won’t have my support.
“I hope the government will move and produce amendments that create a bill that will actually work. If they won’t, then I’ve been clear that I’m not going to support the bill. And I’ll actually consider voting against it. Because all that matters is what works, and I’m not going to support a bill that doesn’t work.”
Commenting on the way politicians are dealing with the issue, Mr Jenrick said: “I think some people in politics today have become conditioned to the idea that we will live in a country where there will be hundreds of thousands of people coming in every day, every year legally.
“That’s not right. We’ve got to change that. And we’ve got to make the argument that this is socially and culturally harmful to the country that does nothing for our economy. It doesn’t help GDP per capita, which is what I care about. I want working people in this country to be better off. I don’t want to just create GDP for the OBR statistics. That doesn’t work for people.
When asked if Mr Sunak could be trusted on immigration, Mr Jenrick said: “I hope he can. I do think that the Conservative Party has lost its way on migration generally and in particular on legal migration because it’s shown such a disinterest in this issue in recent months and years.
“I want to change that, that’s one of the reasons I left government so that I can make the argument for taking action because our voters care passionately about it.
“There’s no route to victory at the next general election or a Conservative majority without showing action on this and people don’t want to hear talk, they want to see action.
Urging Mr Sunak to amend the bill he continued: “That’s why it’s so important now that Rishi Sunak and the government bring those changes that I agreed with them into play very quickly and more importantly than that, bring further changes forward so that we can meet our manifesto commitment.
“This is quite clearly one of the most important issues in British politics to many voters, many Conservative voters, is the most important issue. And I say that the time for talking is clearly over. All we can do to win the trust of those Conservative voters now is to deliver and so I really urge the Prime Minister to take up the mantle of this and I will certainly keep pressing it as hard as I can.”
Source: GB News