The leader of Britain’s opposition Conservatives has indicated the main theme of his campaign for the country’s forthcoming election will be immigration. Michael Howard laid out his platform in the British Sunday Telegraph newspaper. In the article he promised an annual limit on immigrants and a quota for asylum seekers. He also advocated a points system for work permits along the lines of one currently used in Australia.
The proposals immediately drew fire from Britain’s third party, the Liberal Democrats. They accused the Conservatives of shifting to the right in a bid to regain lost ground in the polls.
Prime Minister Tony Blair’s Labour Party acknowledged that immigration was of real concern to the electorate and said its policies on the issue would be unveiled in the coming days.
In a recent poll Labour were ahead of the Conservatives by 34 percent to 31 percent. The Liberal Democrats were on 25 percent