Amber Rudd Forced to Deny Allegations of Racism as Business Leaders Criticise Home Secretary

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Amber Rudd, the Home Secretary, has defended her speech at Conservative Party conference after she was criticised for racism and xenophobia. Rudd controversially said that businesses should have to declare how many foreign workers they employed.

Rudd said:

“I don’t think we should have a situation where we can’t talk about immigration. We must not ignore the fact that people want to talk about immigration and if we do talk about immigration don’t call me a racist”.

Jeremy Corbyn, the Leader of the Opposition, said:

“Conservative party leaders have sunk to a new low this week as they fan the flames of xenophobia and hatred in our communities and try to blame foreigners for their own failures.

Drawing up lists of foreign workers won’t stop unscrupulous employers undercutting wages in Britain. Shutting the door to international students won’t pay young people’s tuition fee debts, and ditching doctors from abroad won’t cut NHS waiting lists”.

Tim Farron, the Leader of the Liberal Democrats said:

“This is a nasty little policy that deserves to be thrown out on the rubbish heap”.

Adam Marshall, the Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce, said:

“Businesses shouldn’t be penalised or questioned for recruiting from overseas when they have specific skills needs. Many would be very concerned if their specific circumstances were boiled down to percentages, or used to suggest that they’re somehow not doing their bit here at home”.