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".
Womens Shoes Anne Klein Hubert Navy Multi Synthetic,,Original Penguin Legit Suede Shoe CP3928Womens Shoes ASICS Patriot 8 Silver Grey/Flash Coral/Black,Womens Shoes Badgley Mischka Pearson Dark Red Satin,.Womens Boots C Label Binky-4 Black,adidas Originals Adizero Adios Boost Trainer CP3957Womens Sandals C Label Rollin-13 Fuchsia,.
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".
Womens Shoes C Label Clower-3 Natural,adidas Originals Energy Boost 2 ESM Trainer CP3958Womens Boots Calvin Klein Celine Black/Mixed Black Leather,,Womens Sandals Calvin Klein Jileen Black/Warm Gold Scuba/Box Metallic,Womens Sandals Calvin Klein Jeans Valeri Indigo Leather,.Original Penguin Flava Suede Shoe CP3930Womens Shoes Calvin Klein Gilia Greige Kid Skin,.
She argued that the UK needs to attract new people if it is to build a strong economy.
Womens Shoes Calvin Klein Patna Shadow Grey/Black Hair Calf/Leather,Toms Paseo Shoe CP3940Womens Shoes Calvin Klein Gayle Fearless Blue,,Womens Boots CARLOS by Carlos Santana Haven Taupe,Womens Boots Clarks Mission Halle Black Leather,.adidas Originals ZX Flux Trainer CP3961Womens Boots Clarks Lucette Diva Black Leather,.
And she urged Theresa May to prioritise the NHS over tax cuts.
Womens Sandals Clarks Nadene Lola Beige Leather,Timberland Classic Boat Shoe CP3933Womens Sandals Clarks Leisa Bloom Black Leather,,Womens Shoes Clarks Wave.Run Olive Nubuck,Womens Shoes Clarks Amelia Page Black Leather,adidas Originals Superstar Trainer CP3965Womens Shoes Clarks Pegg Alba Brown Leather,.
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.
Womens Boots COACH Samara Black/Black/Aniline Leather/Nylon,adidas Originals Superstar East River Rivalry Trainer CP3986Womens Sandals COACH Cottage Carmine Soft Vegan Leather,,Womens Sandals COACH Pelican True Red Shiny Jelly,Womens Shoes COACH Erica Gunmetal Metallic,.adidas Originals Superstar Camo 15 Trainer CP4008Womens Shoes COACH Olive Black Smoke/Black Signature Embossed PVC/Matte Calf,.
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".
Womens Boots Cole Haan Garner Tall Boot Chestnut,adidas Originals Superstar SuperColor Trainer CP4011Womens Sandals Cole Haan Linden Sandal Maple Sugar/Brown,,Womens Shoes Cole Haan Bradshaw Wedge 40 Sahara Snake Roccia Print,Womens Shoes Cole Haan Zerogrand Slip-On Sneaker Black/Optic White/Jade Grey,adidas Originals Racer Lite Trainer CP3983Womens Shoes Cole Haan Lockhart Skimmer Gold Metallic,.
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".
Unisex Shoes Converse Deck Star '70 Slip Black/White/Egret,adidas Originals ZX 8000 Boost Trainer CP4017Womens Boots ECCO Adel Tall Zip Boot Mink,,Womens Shoes ECCO Aimee Slip On Black,Womens Shoes ECCO Golf Biom Hybrid Concrete/Imperial Purple,.adidas Originals Campus 80's Japan Pack Vintage Trainer CP4056Womens Boots GUESS Hardey Brown Leather,.
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.
Womens Shoes GUESS Karlee Blue Suede,adidas Originals Ultra Boost Trainer CP4059Womens Shoes GUESS Honora Blue Fabric,,Womens Boots Naturalizer Macnair Wide Shaft Brown Wide Shaft Leather,.Womens Sandals Naturalizer Waverly Nickel Alloy Metallic Smooth,adidas Originals Samba Trainer CP4074Womens Shoes Naturalizer Verra Black Leather/Printed Iguana,.
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.
Womens Shoes New Balance WW411 Black,adidas Originals Hamburg Freizeit Trainer CP4100Womens Shoes New Balance W870v4 White/Red,,Womens Shoes New Balance WX711APB Poison Berry,Womens Shoes Nike Air Max Thea Hot Lava/Sunset Glow,adidas Originals Los Angeles Trainer CP4112Womens Shoes Nike Free Cross Compete Pure Platinum/Pink Pow/Black/White,.
"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.
Womens Shoes Nike FS Lite Run 3 Dark Grey/Hyper Orange/White/Vivid Purple,,adidas Originals Gazelle OG Trainer CP4117Womens Shoes Nike Golf Lunar Empress Blue Lagoon/Ice Cube Blue/Flash Lime,.Womens Sandals PATRIZIA Anouk Beige,Womens Shoes PATRIZIA Tumeric Gold,adidas Originals Nizza Low Trainer CP4161Womens Shoes PUMA Asha Alt 2 Shine Black/Drizzle,.
"Even if that target were to stay, I see no reason why overseas students should be included within the numbers counted".
Womens Shoes Reebok Royal Lumina Pace White/Silver Metallic,Asics Gel-Lyte III Trainer CP4205Womens Boots Rocket Dog Palmetto Black Shaker,,Womens Shoes Rocket Dog Jiggy Black Lily,Womens Sandals Sam Edelman Giselle Soft Saddle/Black/Ivory,Asics Gel-Lyte III Trainer CP4208Womens Shoes Sam Edelman Ola Black,.
Prime Minister Theresa May has rejected repeated calls to take students out of the government's immigration figures.
Womens Shoes Sam Edelman Augusta Pop Fuchsia Kid Suede Leather,Asics Gel-Lyte V Trainer CP4213Womens Shoes Saucony Originals Shadow 5000 Black 1,,Womens Shoes Superga 2750 Nappaw Red,Womens Boots UGG Bailey Button Bling Grey,Asics Gel-Lyte V Trainer CP4220Womens Boots UGG Appalachin Chestnut Suede,.
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 Boots UGG Sivada Liberty Blush Floral,Converse Chuck Taylor All Star High Trainer CP4264Womens Slippers UGG Belle Black Floral Suede,,Womens Boots Vaneli Aurie Black Ecco Suede/Black Stretch,Womens Boots Vaneli Vesper Black Nappa/Black Ernin Stretch/Gunmetl Trim,Cortica Epic Runner Trainer CP4309Womens Shoes Vaneli Anike Grey Levens/Mtch Elastic,.
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 Vaneli Sidony Navy Suede/Navy Karnack Print,Creative Recreation Kaplan Stingray Trainer CP4326Womens Shoes Vaneli Grania Camel Dino Hair,,Men's Portland Trail Blazers Ultimate Long Sleeve Hoodie,Nike Velocity,Creative Recreation Cesario Low XVI Quilt Trainer CP4322Nike Hyperwarm,.
"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".
Running Women’s NightCat Jacket,Cruyff Technico Trainer CP4406Women's Running Windbreaker,,Women's Supernova Q1 3/4 Tights,.Active Training Woven Shorts,Cruyff Bruto Trainer CP4394Youth AC Milan Home Replica Player Shorts,.
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".
Nike SB Everett Lightweight Crew,Cruyff Vanenburg X-LITE Trainer CP4420Nike Pro Warm 8 Bit,,Youth Wardrobe Style Tights,.Various Sizes Nike Air Jordan IV 4 Retro Releases Dates Mens Shoes Superman n1zOg0XQ,Hugo Boss Light Air Trainer CP4476Wholesale UK Nike Flight Posite Pro For Men in cKGc4z9E,.