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Bexleyheath and Crayford MP David Evennett welcomes immigration crackdown

PUBLISHED: 13:01 09 May 2013 | UPDATED: 10:09 10 May 2013

David Evennett

David Evennett

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Bexleyheath and Crayford MP David Evennett welcomed immigration crackdowns laid out in the Queen's Speech.

A new bill set out by the government will target illegal labour and abuses of the immigration system already in place.

The speech was read out before the House of Commons yesterday.

The Conservative MP said: “This new immigration bill, together with our restrictions on visas, will help to tackle the problems caused by illegal immigration.”

Other bills announced will deal with pensions, social care, consumer rights and deregulation for businesses.

But the gay marriage bill, which has already been published in draft form, was left out of the speech.

Labour’s Teresa Pearce, Erith and Thamesmead MP, was not so positive.

She said: “The Queen’s Speech was an opportunity to rebuild our economy and get people back into work but instead it offered no change and no hope.

“Energy bills, water bills, paying the mortgage, the cost of getting to work – these are the issues that are worrying families in my constituency but the government has absolutely nothing to say about it.

“I was also particularly disappointed that there was no mention of the Right to Recall MPs which would allow voters to force a by-election where an MP is found to have been engaged in serious wrong-doing. If trust in politics is to be rebuilt I think that legislation is much needed.“

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