The Liberal Democrats’ immigration policy was akin to what “the Germans did in 1935”, a former minister has said.
Andrew Stunell, formerly the Lib Dems’ minister in the Department for Communities and Local Government, said the party’s policy of regional immigration quotas at the last election was unworkable.
“How are you going to do that? Is everybody going to have an identity card? Are we going to have police checks?” he told a fringe event at the Liberal Democrat conference last night.
“Or are they simply going to catch a coach down to London each week? It just doesn’t work, I’m sorry. Perhaps we penalise employers who take on people who are only licensed to work in Yorkshire.