Jeremy Corbyn Vows He Won’t ‘Fan Flames’ Or Make ‘False Promises’ On Immigration

Corbyn will put his 10-point leadership manifesto at the heart of his keynote speech, including promises of new homes, jobs, a National Education Service, more public ownership and no more “aggressive” wars of intervention.

But in a move that could spark fresh rows with his MPs, he will also signal that Labour will not seek to reduce immigration as its official policy in the wake of the Brexit vote.

A senior Labour source added that Corbyn was “relaxed” about immigration numbers as a whole – and stressed he wanted to tackle the impact of migrant numbers rather than cut them overall.

“It’s not the objective to reduce the numbers, to reduce immigration,” the spokesman said.

On immigration, Corbyn is set to say that “a Labour government will not offer false promises” or get involved in committing to arbitrary targets on numbers of migrants.

“We will not sow division or fan the flames of fear. We will instead tackle the real issues of immigration – and make the real changes that are needed.

“We will act to end the exploitation of migrant labour to undercut workers’ pay and conditions. And we will ease the pressure on hard pressed public services – services that are struggling to absorb Tory austerity cuts, in communities absorbing new populations.

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