Sajid Javid promises to SCRAP May’s 100,000 net migration target
Sajid Javid promises to SCRAP Theresa’s ‘crude’ 100,000 net migration target if he becomes PM as Home Secretary launches searing attack on May’s legacy
- Home Secretary said that anyone who has the skills to help the UK should come
- Mr Javid had rowed with Theresa May over the 100,000 net migration target
- He said: ‘I’m a big fan of immigration. From speaking to people, they’re concerned with having control over immigration rather than crude numbers’
- Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson has endorsed PM hopeful Mr Javid
Sajid Javid today revealed he would scrap Theresa May’s promise to cut net migration below 100,000 calling it a ‘crude’ figure’.
The Home Secretary, who is in charge the UK’s border force, has said targets on the number of people entering Britain would stop if he is the next prime minister.
Mr Javid, who is fighting to take over as Tory leader, said that the UK must focus on skills and not numbers after leaving the EU.
He told LBC: ‘I’m a big fan of immigration. It doesn’t matter whether you’re from India or France, you’re treated the same. From speaking to people, they’re concerned with having control over immigration rather than crude numbers.’
Mr Javid has finally ruled out keeping the 100,000 net migration target after months of clashing with Theresa May over the issue.
And in a searing attack on Mrs May’s legacy he said that she had got it ‘wrong’ by reducing stop and search in the capital, which has seen an explosion in knife crime.
The Home Secretary has also promised to find £1billion over three years to fund 20,000 more police officers, and suggested that Mrs May had resisted finding the cash now.
He also admitted that the Government led by the current PM had been ‘incompetent’ because it failed to deliver Brexit.
Sajid Javid today revealed he would scrap Theresa May’s promise to cut net migration below 100,000 calling it a ‘crude’ figure’
He told LBC’s Nick Ferrari that he would also sort the Irish border problem by paying all the £500million set-up costs to keep it open
Mrs May had strongly resisted pressure to abandon the 100,000 net migration target from senior ministers, who argue it is not achievable.
She insisted ministers were united behind her but had been forced by the Cabinet to backtrack over proposals to include a £30,000 minimum salary threshold for higher skilled workers applying for five-year visas.
In a 30-minute phone in with LBC listeners today Mr Javid also said he’d solve the Irish border dispute by promising to pay the £500million set up costs and the £200million-a-year running costs if it helps the EU agree to sort the Irish backstop.
Mr Javid discussed his underprivileged upbringing, which he said made him the ‘outsider’ candidate. Pictured: Leadership rival Mr Johnson, who went to Eton and Oxford
He said that the move could secure a new deal with the EU – and keeping the border open – would spark a ‘mini-economic boom’.
‘It is absolutely my priority and it has been the government’s priority to leave with a deal because whilst no deal can’t be taken off the table … the focus should absolutely be the deal,’ Mr Javid told LBC radio, adding technology could be used to keep the border with Ireland open.
‘I would offer to pay the entire cost of this new border system, not just obviously for ourselves, but for the Irish,’ he said, adding that Britain should pay the set up costs and the annual running costs.
Mr Javid has insisted that Britain is ready for its first non-white prime minister as Scottish Tory leader Ruth Davidson backed his campaign yesterday.
The Home Secretary, whose father was a bus driver who came to Britain from Pakistan, insisted the country needs an ‘outsider’ to ‘shake things up’.
He told Sky News’ Ridge on Sunday: ‘I think the country, not just the Conservative Party, is ready for leaders – including in politics and, as we have seen, in other walks of life – from all sorts of backgrounds.’
Sajid Javid’s bid to be the next Prime Minister has been given a major boost after Ruth Davidson declared him ‘the man for the job’ and ‘the real deal’
It came as Mr Javid secured the sought-after backing of Miss Davidson, a major boost to his campaign after it got off to a lacklustre start.
The Scottish Tory leader, the most high-profile politician to endorse any candidate yet, described him as ‘the man for the job’ and the ‘real deal’.
Home Office ministers Caroline Nokes and Victoria Atkins yesterday became the latest MPs to back Mr Javid.
Yesterday, Mr Javid pledged to spend billions more on education if he becomes prime minister after telling of his own struggles with the system.
He said he was told at school that he would amount to nothing more than a television repairman.
‘I was told that I couldn’t study maths at O-Level so I had to get my dad to pay for it,’ he told Sky News.
‘I was told that I could only study two A-levels when I was told that you had to have three to go to university, so I had to change schools and go to a local college.
‘But these are struggles I don’t want other people to have.’
Mr Javid also vowed to end austerity, saying he would fund this by slowing down debt repayments rather than imposing new taxes.
‘I want to see a multi-year, multibillion-pound boost in investment and spending in schools, and really change the life chances of so many young people,’ he said.
On Brexit, Mr Javid insisted he could find a technological solution to the Irish border, despite previous warnings this would be unworkable.
‘You don’t need a magic solution for this, the solution exists. We’ve done the homework on this,’ he told Sky News.
Former foreign secretary Mr Johnson is the bookmakers’ favourite to replace Theresa May (pictured at church in her Maidenhead constituency yesterday)
Today Mr Javid will call for more housebuilding, describing unaffordable prices as the greatest problem facing communities.
‘The biggest thing we could do [as a government] is no secret: build more houses,’ he writes in an essay for the Centre for Policy Studies.
‘Not only are house prices the biggest barrier to social progress in our country today, they are also a barrier to social cohesion.
‘Moving from tenancy to tenancy, you feel you have less of a stake in society, and without a permanent base it’s harder to lay down roots in the community around you.’
The Home Secretary also calls for greater integration, saying there is ‘self-segregation’ in some parts of Britain where people of different races are kept apart.
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