Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer backs ‘fair’ points-based immigration system

The Labor leader said his party would not support open borders and would instead back a “fair” points-based system.

He denounced the crises facing the health sector, accusing the British government of “short-term solutions” and putting “plasters on the problems”.

Speaking on BBC Scotland’s Sunday programme, Sir Keir was asked what numbers he would like to cut immigration to.

Sir Keir Starmer, leader of the Labor Party (Photo by Hollie Adams/Getty Images)

He said: “What I’d like to see is the numbers go down in some areas. I think we’re recruiting too many people from overseas, for example in health services, but on the other hand , if we need people who are highly skilled in innovation and technology to build factories etc then I would encourage that so I don’t think there is an overall number here some areas will have to go down, others will have to increase.”

At the party conference last month, he expressed his desire to train and recruit 7,500 NHS staff across the UK.

The Labor leader was challenged over the workforce crisis facing the NHS, with hospitals struggling to recruit and wait times hitting record highs.

He replied: “We certainly need to increase those numbers across the UK, those numbers can increase and I think they should increase, and we need places funded to increase them. One of the reasons why the NHS is struggling it’s because it’s such hard work Conditions are so hard because the NHS is run down.

Sir Keir said he had daily conversations about understaffing and the challenges he faces in the health sector.

He added: “We should train people in this country, of course we need immigration, but we have to train people in this country.

“What we’ve done – it’s absolutely classic of this Conservative government – is short-term solutions, plasters on the problems, never a long-term solution and we go around in circles, every year we have a winter crisis .”

He said record waiting times in Scottish hospitals should be pinned to “every noticeboard across Scotland”.

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