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Robert Jenrick distances himself from Rishi Sunak over immigration cuts

Robert Jenrick distances himself from Rishi Sunak over immigration cuts

Robert Jenrick distances himself from Rishi Sunak over immigration cuts
Nov 28, 2023 1 min, 6 secs

Robert Jenrick has appeared to distance himself from Rishi Sunak’s immigration policies amid new calls from hardline Conservatives for a clampdown on net migration.

His comments appeared to express frustration with the government’s failure to adopt his suggestions to curb overall migration in line with a 2019 manifesto pledge.

The Conservative MP Jonathan Gullis said Jenrick had his “full support”, adding: “I am deeply concerned and confused because at the weekend I get the prime minister saying that migration is too high and needs to come down to more sustainable levels – the full-fat option.

Jenrick replied: “Of course it’s right that we want the UK to be a country which is open to the very best and the brightest, and that’s why we’ve taken action in creating visa routes, such as the global talent one that the prime minister was promoting at the investment summit this week.

The Tory MP John Hayes, an ally of Braverman, singled out Jenrick in government as the person who would support traditional, rightwing backbenchers: “We are relying on him to sort this out because we know he shares our concerns,” he said.

Asked if Jenrick’s comment meant No 10 had blocked a plan he had proposed, a Downing Street spokesperson said: “I don’t know what specifically he is referring to.

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