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Essex: Priti Patel calls for new immigration controls

PUBLISHED: 17:23 22 October 2013 | UPDATED: 17:23 22 October 2013

Priti Patel

Priti Patel

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Essex MP Priti Patel has called for new immigration controls to help protect Britain’s public services and labour market from low-skilled immigrants.

During a debate in parliament today the Witham MP cited statistics showing that the number of non-UK born residents in Essex has increased by 50% since 2004 to 104,000.

She also highlighted cases of constituents, who she said had “outstayed their welcome” through multiple applications and appeals.

She raised the case of a family from Nigeria who were in the UK without any right to remain, saying: “They were informed that they should leave the UK two years ago, but they, too, embarked on a series of applications and appeals. Such actions are all about delay and prolonging the process for people who have no right whatever to remain in the country. That undermines public confidence in the immigration system. A stop must be put to repeated applications and appeals.”

Officials in Ipswich have hit back at claims that the town’s car parks are too expensive after the spotlight was shone on the most expensive park in the town – which is also one of the smallest.

A man died after two cars were involved in a collision near Thetford.

A young family-of-four left homeless when a devastating fire ripped through their Ipswich flat are smiling again after picking up the keys to a new dream house.

Health leaders across Suffolk and north Essex have issued a hard-hitting message to motorists – warning them that a moment of distraction can lead to death or permanent disability in the blink of an eye.

Engineering students from One sixth form in Ipswich are attempting to build a world record setting vehicle.

Despite its thrilling action sequences and sterling work from Ben Affleck and Gal Gadot, Zach Synders Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) was impeded by its over reliance on CGI and a poorly written villain.

One of the best-known pubs in Ipswich is expected to finally be demolished during the first part of 2018 to become a temporary car park.

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