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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.”

The region’s mental health trust has pledged to eradicate the use of out of area beds by 2021.

Essex has seen a dramatic rise in possession of weapons offences over the last 12 months - increasing by 50% on the year before, new figures reveal.

An Ipswich resident whose 
street was targeted by car vandals says she has found it hard to sleep through fear they will return.

A Suffolk benefit cheat who was overpaid £28,000 after failing to mention he jointly owned a property with his partner has been given a suspended prison sentence.

The jury in the trial of four men accused of murdering father-of-five Dean Stansby has been hearing how evidence was collected during the investigation.

Suffolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Tim Passmore, and Chief Constable Gareth Wilson are staging a series of public meetings across the county through the coming months – and are encouraging Suffolk residents to attend.

Violent crime rose almost a third in Suffolk last year, according to latest figures.

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