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".
Shopping 152217 Nike Blazer High Women White Black Shoes,,Cheap 160803 Nike Free 4.0 V2 Men Royal Blue Red White ShoesCheap 171649 Nike Dunk High Women Shoes,Authentic 184679 Nike Dunk Low Women Anthracite White Rainbow Shoes,.Shopping 209747 Nike Free 3.0 V4 Women Black Gray Shoes,Comfortable 151804 Nike Free 4.0 V2 Men Grey White ShoesShopping 243997 Nike Free Run 3 Women Purple White Grey Shoes,.
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".
Comfortable 146508 Nike Free Run 3 Women Gray Pink Shoes,Cheap 223149 Nike Free 4.0 V2 Men Purple Grey ShoesBuy 221125 Nike Zoom Kobe VI Women China Metallic Grey Shoes,,Adidas Bounce Titan 2013 Men Coupon_038,Adidas Originals JS Men Coupon_114,.Cheap 203224 Nike Free 5.0 V4 Men White Grey Red ShoesAdidas Porsche Design S3 Men Coupon_198,.
She argued that the UK needs to attract new people if it is to build a strong economy.
Adidas Bounce Titan 2013 Women Coupon_294,Discount 183664 Nike Free 6.0 Men Black Green White ShoesAsics Gel Kayano 18 Women Coupon_385,,Christian Louboutin Sale Women Coupon_461,Christian Louboutin Sale Women Coupon_538,.Inexpensive 224280 Nike Free 3.0 V5 Men Blue Black ShoesChristian Louboutin Sale Women Coupon_627,.
And she urged Theresa May to prioritise the NHS over tax cuts.
Jimmy Choo Bridal Women Coupon_734,Cheap 198103 Nike Free 5.0 Men Green Blue Black ShoesJimmy Choo Pumps Women Coupon_800,,Jimmy Choo Sandals Women Coupon_887,Platforms Jimmy Choo Women Coupon_977,Shopping 169524 Nike Free 5.0 V3 Men Blue Brown ShoesNew Balance Men Coupon_1064,.
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.
New Balance 574 Men Coupon_1160,Comfortable 225442 Nike Free 5.0 V4 Men Black Silver White ShoesNew Balance 574 Men Coupon_1238,,Jimmy Choo Wedges Women Coupon_930,New Balance Women Coupon_1368,.Buy 148496 Nike Free 4.0 V2 Men Grey Yellow ShoesNew Balance 574 Women Coupon_1504,.
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".
Nike Derrick Rose Men Coupon_1635,Inexpensive 147814 Nike Free 5.0 V4 Men Black Sail Brown ShoesNike Derrick Rose Men Coupon_1632,,Nike Kobe Bryant Men Coupon_1827,Men's Baseball Cleat Nike Zoom Trout 3 Turf 844628-061,Shopping 198843 Nike Free Run Men Light Blue Black ShoesMen's Boot Nike Lunar Force 1 Duckboot 805899-400,.
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".
Converse Thunderbolt Modern Unisex Shoe 155039C-077,Discount 181780 Nike Free Run 3 Men Grey White Green ShoesMen's Nike Basketball Shoe Kobe X 705317-604,,Men's Nike Shoe Flyknit Lunar 3 698181-011,Men's Running Shoe Nike Air Max Tailwind 8 805941-001,.Authentic 202518 Nike Free Run 2 Men Green White ShoesMen's Running Shoe Nike LunarStelos 844591-001,.
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.
Men's Shoe Jordan Eclipse 724010-033,Comfortable 200280 Nike Free Trainer Men Red White ShoesMen's Shoe Nike Air Huarache Ultra Breathe 833147-100,,Men's Shoe Nike Air Max Tavas Print N7 822784-046,.Men's Shoe Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 92 844652-102,Inexpensive 170203 Nike Free Run 2 Men Blue Orange ShoesMen's Shoe Nike Hypershift 844369-606,.
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.
Men's Shoe Nike Roshe Two 844656-001,Authentic 209652 Nike Free Trainer 5.0 Men Black Red ShoesMen's Shoe Nike Zoom Train Toranada 835657-003,,Men's Training Shoe Nike Lunar Caldra 803879-040,NIKE AIR MAX 1 ULTRA MOIRE 704995-101,Inexpensive 196161 Nike Free Tr Fit 2 Men Blue Yellow Grey ShoesNIKE DUNK ULTRA MODERN Black/Dark Grey/White/Black,.
"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.
NIKE INTERNATIONALIST Blue Force/Ice Blue/Black/White,,Shopping 227919 Nike Kd VI Men Purple Orange Shark ShoesNIKE SB PAUL RODRIGUEZ CITADEL Black/White,.Women's Shoe Nike Air Max 1 Premium 454746-501,Women's Shoe Nike Air Max Thea Textile 819639-100,Buy 190605 Nike Free Tr Fit Men Gray White Green ShoesWomen's Shoe Nike Juvenate Flo Print 842532-500,.
"Even if that target were to stay, I see no reason why overseas students should be included within the numbers counted".
Nike Roshe One Girls Toddler Black/Metallic Silver/White Running Shoes V22454,Inexpensive 177013 Nike Kobe Dream Season II Low Men White Black Yellow ShoesNike Huarache Run Boys Preschool White/Pure Platinum/White Running Shoes V93698,,Nike Cortez Boys Grade School Black/White/Nylon Running Shoes V35344,Nike Flex Experience 4 Girls Grade School Fiberglass/Brigade Blue/Porpoise/Copa Running Shoes V53337,Discount 229613 Nike Kobe 9 Men Black Black ShoesAdidas D Lillard 2.0 Mens Gold/Dark Grey/Green Glow Basketball Shoes V56135,.
Prime Minister Theresa May has rejected repeated calls to take students out of the government's immigration figures.
Adidas Adizero Adios Boost 2 Mens Black/White/Solar Red Running Shoes V36507,Inexpensive 232796 Nike Kd 6.5 Men Orange White ShoesAdidas Adissage Mens New Navy/White Slippers V66254,,Nike Air Max Sequent Mens Dark Grey/Black/Pure Platinum/Metallic Platinum Running Shoes V49702,Nike Air Zoom Odyssey Mens Black/Wolf Grey/Dark Grey/White Running Shoes V37480,Buy 169378 Nike Lebron 8 Men Black White ShoesNike Free Rn Distance Mens Black/Metallic Pewter/Barely Green/Voltage Green Running Shoes V21882,.
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.
Nike Zoom Terra Kiger 3 Mens Total Crimson/University Red/Racer Blue/Black Running Shoes V81001,Shopping 150967 Nike Lebron 8 V2 Men ShoesAdidas Springblade Ignite Womens Solar Pink/Silver Metallic/Black Running Shoes V77632,,Nike Air Max Dynasty Womens Black/Hyper Pink/Anthracite/Metallic Hematite Running Shoes V20916,Nike Air Max Thea Womens Loyal Blue/Loyal Blue/University Red/White Running Shoes V62351,Inexpensive 184975 Nike Lebron 8 Men White Black Red ShoesNike Flyknit Lunar 3 Womens Gamma Blue/Photo Blue/White/Black Running Shoes V55449,.
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.
Men's Nike Mercurial Vortex II FG Urban Lilac/Bright Mango/Black UK#N5-8844,Comfortable 239389 Nike Lebron 8 V3 Men Black Red White ShoesMen's Nike Mercurial Victory V TF Urban Lilac/Bright Mango/Black UK#N5-9486,,Nike Kids Flex Experience LTR White/White/White UK#N5-9469,adidas Originals Classic Backpack CP01,Discount 205472 Nike Lunarelite Men Gray Blue White ShoesNike Youth Back To School Bubble Jacket CP422,.
"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".
adidas Originals Junior Superstar Foundation Trainer CP571,Discount 170665 Nike Lunar Eclipse 2 Men Grey White Blue ShoesCreative Recreation Nursery Kaplan Holographic Trainer CP759,,Sik Silk Drop Crotch Skinny Jean CP911,.Henri Lloyd Franklin Full Zip Hooded Top CP1074,Shopping 151385 Nike Lunar Macleay Men Grey Black ShoesBellfield Staten Shearling Puff Jacket CP1233,.
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".
Hawksworth Mac Jacket CP1403,Shopping 189785 Nike Lunar Rejuven8 Mid Men Green White Black ShoesPop Boutique Harrington Jacket CP1492,,Asylum Park Distressed Denim Short CP2084,.Umbro Rio Jord Short CP2215,Authentic 169237 Nike Lunarglide 2 Men White Blue Black ShoesPretty Green Forthsea Paisley Track Top CP3588,.