Immigration Bill

Last night the Immigration Bill received its Second Reading in the Commons.

The Bill will cut the number of decisions that can be appealed against from 17 to 4. It will ensure the Courts take note of Parliament’s view of what the public interest requires when considering cases involving Article 8 on the Right to Family Life of the European Convention on Human Rights.

It will restrict the ability of immigration detainees to repeatedly apply for bail if they have previously been refused it and require private landlords to check the immigration status of tenants to prevent those who have no right to live in the UK from accessing private rented housing.

On the NHS it will introduce a new requirement for temporary migrants who only have a time limited immigration system to make a contribution to the NHS.

It will require banks to check against a database of known immigration offenders before opening bank accounts.

Finally, it will introduce new powers to check driving licence applicants’ immigration status before issuing a licence and revoking licences where immigrants are founds to have overstayed in the UK.

Whilst the UK will continue to welcome the brightest and the best migrants who want to contribute to our economy the law must be on the side of those who respect the law not those who break it.

Fusiliers

On Tuesday several hundred former Fusiliers and their families formed up outside Downing street where a petition to save the Second Battalion was presented to No 10. They then marched down Whitehall to gather in Old Palace Yard to hear three speeches.

Tomorrow sees a further debate on the defence Reforms. The wording of the motion being debated is:

That this House notes concerns about the Government’s defence reforms in relation to whether its proposals for the reserve forces will deliver either the anticipated cost savings or defence capability: and urges the Government to delay the disbandment of regular units until it is established that the Army Reserve plan is viable and cost- effective.

As of last night 29 and signed the motion 22 Conservatives 4 Labour 1 Liberal Democrat and 2 Democratic Unionists from Northern Ireland