Cameron sparks immigration row
Published 15/04/2011 | 05:00
DAVID CAMERON came under fire from his Liberal Democrat coalition partners yesterday after controversially claiming that immigration had damaged the social fabric of communities across Britain.
The British prime minister said some areas had suffered a sense of "discomfort and disjointedness" because some new immigrants did not speak English or attempt to integrate with their neighbours.
But last night aides were unable to clarify which neighbourhoods he had in mind -- or why he chose to make his comments in the almost all-white town of Romsey, Hampshire.
In a campaign speech ahead of next month's local elections, Mr Cameron attacked the "woeful" welfare system which saw Britons languishing on state handouts while foreign workers snapped up new jobs.
Coalition Business Secretary, Vince Cable led the Liberal Democrat backlash, saying, "I do understand there is an election coming, but talk of mass immigration risks inflaming the extremism to which (Mr Cameron) and I are both strongly opposed." (© Independent News Service)