Davidson urges May to drop migration target
Ruth Davidson has renewed her call for the UK government to scrap its ambition of cutting immigration to the "tens of thousands".
Women's Shoe Nike Roshe Two Flyknit 844929-300,,Men's Baseball Cleat Nike Air Swingman Legend (Silver Streak) 807130-070Nike Tri Fusion Run Boys Toddler Game Royal/Black/Metallic Silver/White Running Shoes V54584,Adidas Element Refine Boys Preschool Slime/White/Black Running Shoes V75291,.Adidas D Lillard 2.0 Boys Grade School White/Black/Scarlet Basketball Shoes V88425,AIR JORDAN XX9 Black/Dark Grey/Gym Red/WhiteAdidas J Wall 2 Boys Grade School White/Red/Clear Grey Basketball Shoes V93897,.
In a speech in Glasgow, the Scottish Conservative leader said the target "has never been met and does not fit the requirements of the country".
Nike Air Max Tavas Boys Grade School University Red/White/Gym Red Running Shoes V83286,Hi Women's Shoe Nike Air Force 1 654440-500Nike Flex Experience 4 Girls Grade School Black/Volt/Pink Pow/White Running Shoes V30380,,Adidas Crazy 8 Mens Cardboard/Light Brown/Night Brown Basketball Shoes V43361,Adidas D Rose 5 Boost Mens Black/Scarlet/White Basketball Shoes V26082,.KD7 EXT Black/SailAdidas Adizero Boston Boost 5 Mens Black/White Running Shoes V31131,.
She argued that the UK needs to attract new people if it is to build a strong economy.
Adidas Energy Boost Reveal Mens Black/Dark Orange Running Shoes V18214,Men's Baseball Cleat Nike Huarache 2K Filth 749359-010NIKE FREE 5.0 White/Pure Platinum/Cool Grey/Black,,Adidas Nitrocharge 2.0 Fg Mens Black/White/Flash Orange Soccer Shoes V34184,Nike Air Max Excellerate 4 Mens Midnight Navy/Wolf Grey/Black/Pure Platinum Running Shoes V65454,.Jordan 4 Retro Metal Men's Baseball Cleat 807710-010Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 32 Mens Black/White/Black Running Shoes V33230,.
And she urged Theresa May to prioritise the NHS over tax cuts.
Nike Flyknit Lunar 3 Mens Black/White/Hyper Jade Running Shoes V34630,KYRIE 1 Lyon Blue/Black/Anthracite/Metallic SilverNike Fs Lite Run 3 Mens Black/White Running Shoes V31632,,Adidas Anyanda Flex Womens Mineral Blue/Halo Blue/White Flip Flops V65466,Adidas Pure Boost Womens White/Black/Clear Grey/City Blur Running Shoes V87529,Men's Baseball Cleat Nike Huarache 2K Filth 749359-411Adidas Adissage 2.0 Womens Black/Silver Metallic/Shock Pink Slippers V26815,.
The target of reducing net migration to tens of thousands was set by David Cameron at the start of the coalition government in 2010.
But the goal has never been reached - with annual net migration to the UK currently standing at about 240,000.
Nike Air Max Tailwind 8 Womens Blue Lagoon/Vivid Purple/Copa/Black Running Shoes V39940,Men's Baseball Cleat Nike Trout 2 Pro 807133-016Nike Air Max 90 Womens Pure Platinum/Black/Fiberglass Running Shoes V69591,,Nike Air Zoom Winflo 2 Womens Bright Crimson/University Red/Atomic Pink/Platinum Running Shoes V4187,Nike Free 5.0 V4 Womens Black/Cool Grey/Wolf Grey/Anthracite Running Shoes V15961,.AIR JORDAN DUB ZERO Wolf Grey/Classic Charcoal/White/UniversityNike Roshe One Womens Green/Radiant Emerald/Light Bone Running Shoes V56478,.
The Home Office argues that the public is in favour of lower immigration.
In a sign of her growing confidence and stature within the Conservative Party, Ms Davidson said she wanted to challenge the view that immigration is "some sort of problem to be fixed, a wrong to be corrected".
Men's Nike Downshifter 6 Wolf Grey/Black/White/Volt UK#N5-9200,Men's Baseball Cleat Nike Zoom Trout 3 Turf 844628-410Men's Nike Lunar Ultimate TR Deep Pewter/Total Orange/White UK#N5-9249,,Nike Kids Flex 2015 Run White/Lakeside/Bright Crimson UK#N5-9476,Women's Nike Flex Fury Obsidian/Fuchsia Flash/Mulberry/Fuchsia Glos UK#N5-9216,Men's Basketball Shoe Jordan Rising High 2 844065-006Hype Hype Backpack CP60,.
She has previously warned her party that it needs to embrace a more open, liberal outlook in order to win over younger voters.
Ms Davidson told her audience at Glasgow University: "We should have the confidence to recognise that people from other nations wanting to come to our country is a sign of our success as a vibrant, prosperous culture.
"And we should acknowledge that, if we want to build a strong economy, then we need people to come here".
adidas Originals Junior Superstar Track Top CP458,Men's Basketball Shoe Kobe XI Elite 822675-078adidas Originals Junior ZX Flux Trainer CP551,,Nike Junior Air Force 1 Low Trainer CP632,Converse Nursery Chuck Taylor All Star Ox Trainer CP742,.Men's Basketball Shoe Nike Hyperdunk 2016 844359-660Jack & Jones Stan Marv SC560 Jean CP887,.
Ms Davidson, who is expecting her first child later this year, said she wanted EU citizens who live in the UK to stay - and pointed out that she has a personal interest in ensuring this happens as her Irish fiancee is an EU citizen.
Converse Core Full Zip Hooded Top CP1001,Men's Basketball Shoe Kyrie 3 852395-018Nike Tech Fleece Hooded Top CP1112,,Bellfield Ludlo Tech Jacket CP1243,.Ellesse Puffer Jacket CP1354,Men's Boot Nike Air Trainer SC 2 805891-001Jack & Jones Solid Light Biker Jacket CP1418,.
She added: "I see neither the sense nor the need to stick to an immigration figure devised nearly a decade ago, which has never been met and does not fit the requirements of the country.
The North Face Glacier Delta Zip Fleece Jacket CP1531,LEBRON 12 Wolf Grey/Black/Electric Green/Reflect SilverCondemned Nation Raleigh Short CP2104,,Publish Carson Short CP2197,Good For Nothing Middletown Tech Parka Jacket CP1396,Men's Boot NikeLab Air Max Woven 921854-400Timberland Euro Sprint Tree Boot CP3755,.
"Setting an immigration target reduced to the tens of thousands is one thing when unemployment is running over 8%. Refusing to review it when the country nears full employment and sectors are reporting skills shortages is quite another.
Havaianas Tradicional Flip Flop CP3841,,Men's Boot Nike SFB 8" Jungle Realtree 845168-990adidas Originals ZX Flux Trainer CP4005,.adidas Originals Los Angeles Trainer CP4108,Armani Jeans Patent Logo Trainer CP4193,Men's Football Cleat Nike Vapor Untouchable 2 824470-010Creative Recreation Santos Trainor CP4347,.
"Even if that target were to stay, I see no reason why overseas students should be included within the numbers counted".
Cruyff Bomba Quilt Trainers CP4421,Men's Football Cleat Nike Vapor Untouchable Pro 833385-400Lacoste Ampthill Leather Trainer CP4525,,Nike Air Max 90 Ultra Breathe Trainer CP4689,Nike LeBron XIII 'The Akronite Philosophy' Trainer CP4795,Men's Boot Jordan Future 854554-100Puma Disc Blaze 'Bright Pack' Trainer CP4923,.
Prime Minister Theresa May has rejected repeated calls to take students out of the government's immigration figures.
The North Face Hedgehog FastPack Lite Trainer CP5047,Men's Lacrosse Cleat Nike Lunar Control 4 College 807142-811Moon Boot Womens Monaco Low Boot CP5171,,Womens Shoes adidas Court Stabil Star Metallic/White/Tech Metallic,Womens Shoes adidas by Stella McCartney Climacool Mint Down/Oyster Blue/Box Red,Men's Nike Air Force 1 Low White/WhiteWomens Boots Aerosoles World Tor Mushroom,.
And the UK government has promised reforms to the UK's immigration regime once it is no longer tied to EU free movement rules after Brexit.
Unlike Westminster, there is cross-party support in the Scottish Parliament for increasing immigration in order to tackle the country's aging population.
The SNP's Growth Commission report, which was published last week, proposed giving tax breaks to skilled immigrants in order to attract them to an independent Scotland.
Womens Sandals Aerosoles Saving Grace Pink Combo,Men's Nike Air Max 90 Ultra BR Shoe 725222-002Womens Shoes Aerosoles Dimperial Bone,,Womens Sandals ALDO Dolci Gold,Womens Shoes ALDO Zaitz Bone,Men's Nike Flex Run 2015 709022-100Womens Shoes Anne Klein Rylie Cafe Latte Leather,.
Ms Davidson went on to warn the UK government over its handling of the NHS, which is fully devolved in Scotland.
She said the health service was reaching a "tipping point" over funding, and that its long-term future needed to be secured in order to tackle the crisis of trust in politics and restore faith in "centre ground values".
She said: "The UK government has acted to reduce the tax burden on working families. It has honoured its promise to do so. Raising the income tax threshold has reduced taxes for millions of UK workers and has taken thousands out of taxation altogether.
Womens Shoes Anne Klein 7Cloudless Pewter,Men's Nike Hypervenom Phinish II FG 749901-308Womens Boots C Label Cathy-8B Charcoal,,Womens Shoes C Label Suden-5 Black,Womens Boots Calvin Klein Jeans Byra Dark Grey,MEN'S NIKE ROMALEOS II POWER LIFTING Volt/SequoiaWomens Shoes Calvin Klein Diema Classic Python Print Light Taupe,.
"But the UK government has a choice to make.
"And, if that choice is between extra spending on the NHS or introducing further tax breaks beyond those already promised, I choose the NHS."
What has the reaction been?
SNP MSP Gillian Martin said: "Ruth Davidson ironically makes a very strong case for how the UK is simply not working for Scotland, whether it comes to their damaging approach to Brexit, immigration, or austerity, the UK government are actively harming jobs, public services and living standards in Scotland."
And she claimed Ms Davidson had "no credibility" on NHS funding as "just a few months ago she was demanding tax cuts for the rich that would have cost the health service in Scotland £550m".
Womens Shoes Calvin Klein Celia Black Quesar Leather,Men's nike Shoe Air Jordan XXX 811006-101Womens Boots CARLOS by Carlos Santana Hamilton Taupe,,Womens Boots Clarks Mullin Clove Cognac Leather,.Womens Sandals Clarks Taline Trim Coral Leather,Men's Nike Shoe Jordan Reveal Premium 834229-010Womens Sandals Clarks Brinkley Jazz Pink Camo,.
Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard said Ms Davison "offers nothing to the people of Scotland other than division".
He added: "The Tories have presided over nearly a decade of stagnating economic growth and declining living standards while simultaneously eroding hard-won workers and trade union rights".
Womens Shoes Clarks Un Estie Black Interest Suede,Men's Nike Shoe Jordan Flight Runner 2 715572-018Womens Boots COACH Gabriella Black/Natural Sfr Leather/Shearling,,Womens Sandals COACH Alyssa Black/Rubber/Field Plaid,.Womens Shoes COACH Kelson Outline Khaki/Chestnut Sig/Suede,Men's Running Shoe (Jungle Pack) Nike LunarTempo 2 849814-600Womens Boots Cole Haan Callie Slip On Waterproof Twine,.