Immigrants a force for good in British society, Tony Blair insists

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair

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TONY Blair has issued a vehement defence of New Labour’s immigration policy during his decade as Prime Minister, insisting the arrival of large numbers of people from overseas during the 2000s has been “good for Britain”.

In a rare appearance in Westminster at a lunch of political journalists, the former Labour leader said immigrants have been a force for good in British society and suggested he had no regrets about failing to limit immigration from eastern Europe following the expansion of the European Union.

Mr Blair went on to warn that any discussion of leaving the EU is “dangerous” and “immensely damaging” to the UK, and dismissed UKIP as “the party of scapegoating, not solutions”.


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