We are delighted to announce that Andrew Rosindell MP and CX Advisory Board member has called a Parliamentary debate on Commonwealth immigration and visas. It is being held in Westminster Hall on Tuesday, 27 January at 2:30pm. This builds on our report launched last November: How to Solve a Problem like a Visa - the unhappy state of Commonwealth immigration in the UK.
The report received world-wide media coverage which you can see here. The foreword was written by Boris Johnson, who highlighted the vital role that Commonwealth immigration plays in maintaining and enhancing London as the “Greatest city on Earth”.
A debate on Commonwealth immigration has not been called since 2008 and we hope that it receives attention from both sides of the House. The recommendations which we highlighted would create new opportunities for the citizens of the Commonwealth in the UK. This is supported by Simon Walker, Director General of the Institute of Directors, who told our report:
“Britain’s strength has for centuries been based on its position as an open, trading nation, with strong connections across the globe. It is deeply worrying that Britain is shutting out people from Commonwealth countries who want to come here to work”
The debate itself is open to the general public to attend and is also being streamed live online at Parliament TV and will also be uploaded the next day here. It is a fantastic opportunity to witness firsthand the innovative work which we are doing to better the lives of the people from the Commonwealth.