Conservative Minister Laura Trott Exasperates Entrepreneur On Immigration
Conservative Minister Laura Trott faced criticism from entrepreneur Theo Paphitis during an episode of BBC’s Question Time. Asked to explain why her government was failing on immigration, Trott attacked Labour party policies, prompting Paphitis to put his head in his hands. Net migration into the UK has hit a record high, with official figures revealing that 606,000 more people entered the country than left it in 2022. Ministers have cited the war in Ukraine and political upheaval in Hong Kong as reasons behind the increase.
Trott did not provide clear responses to questions about Conservative policies on immigration. Discussing the right level of immigration, Trott cited political turbulence in Ukraine and Hong Kong as contributing to the Tory plan to reduce immigration numbers. She went on to attack Labour for their position on freedom of movement. When asked by host Fiona Bruce who the Conservatives would prefer not to be coming to the UK, Trott only gave the example of lorry drivers. Bruce grew frustrated with Trott’s lack of concrete answers and commented on Paphitis’ exasperation.
This episode of Question Time was filmed in Gravesend and featured panellists from the Lib Dems, Labour, and journalism. The topic of immigration is a hotly debated issue in British politics, and opinions vary widely across parties and the public. The high levels of immigration highlighted by the official figures have put pressure on the Conservative government to address its immigration policies and offer concrete solutions.