Liaison Committee Meeting

Posted on June 14th, 2011 in Parliamentary News

Q94 Keith Vaz: Were you flattered or angry when you saw a line out of one of your speeches being put on the banners outside the oil refinery in Lindsey? Do you think that statements of that kind may well be misused by the Far Right in their campaign to basically stop immigration into the United Kingdom?

Mr Brown: Statements taken out of context can be completely misleading. I think if you look back on the speech that I made, I wanted to say that in an open global economy, where there is a huge amount of mobility, it is important that we do everything in our power to give British workers the skills that are necessary for them to be able to get the jobs that are available in our country. I think everybody round this table would want that to happen. It was an issue about giving people the skills in Britain that made it possible for them to get jobs, and that of course is in situations where we are still needing skills in a number of key areas, and we need to persuade people to get the skills.


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