Vince Cable haunts Theresa May with coalition memories

Written by James Millar on 8 September 2017 in Diary

The Lib Dem leader says the PM buried evidence that undermines her immigration claims

Vince Cable has accused Theresa May of ignoring evidence that immigration is good for the economy and burying reports that said as much during her time as Home Secretary.

The Lib Dem leader sat round the coalition Cabinet table with May when he was business secretary.

And he's written to her calling on her to release a series of reports that he claims she suppressed when they were both in government.

Quizzed on the issue of immigration at Prime Minister's Questions this week May insisted that immigration depressed wages and affected the poorest in society hardest.

But in his letter Cable wrote: "As you will recall, there were reviews, studies and reports into whether the assumption that immigration suppressed UK wages was supported by the evidence. These were shared with the Home Office. They largely showed that this assumption was misplaced, and that EU migration was beneficial to the UK economy and labour market, but the information was never published. 

"Parliament will soon consider a fundamental reshaping of the immigration system. In that light, I hope you will agree that it is in the national interest now to release these reports in full."

Downing Street has rejected Cable's claim that as many as nine bits of research into immigration were suppressed. 

Cable and May repeatedly clashed over the issue of immigration when in government, particularly with regard to universities which came under Cable's remit as business secretary. Since returning to parliament in June and becoming Lib Dem leader Cable has not held back in attacking the PM, earlier in the summer he accused her of using "evil" language which could have been lifted from Hitler's Mein Kampf. 


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