Brown fields more immigration questions during visit to Black Country
Gordon Brown came under fire on immigration policy again as Black Country workers quizzed the Labour leader.
The Prime Minister and his wife Sarah, along with Peter Mandelson, visited the Thompson Friction Welding plant in Halesowen on Thursday morning where they met company managing director Alan Shilton.
Retiring local MP Sylvia Heal also greeted them along with Labour’s new candidate for the area, Sue Hayman.
Mr Brown was heckled by national press when he arrived as he was asked: “will this be a better day?”, referring to Tuesday’s disastrous day of campaigning in Rochdale, when Mr Brown was caught branding 66-year-old lifelong Labour voter Gillian Duffy “bigoted” for her views on immigration.
However, before an audience of about 30 workers at the Black Country plant, he was drawn back to the issue of immigration in an unscripted question and answer session with the workers as robot technician Steve Simner, aged 32, told Mr Brown immigration was “too high”.
Mr Simner, from Kingswinford, then asked what Labour was going to do about the situation. Mr Brown said: “We have taken action with the new Australian-style points-based system and net migration to the United Kingdom is now coming down.”
Later, Mr Simner said he felt Mr Brown had failed to answer his question. “It just doesn’t sit well with me,” he said. “It seems to take so long to deport illegal immigrants.”