*'Work together on Bulgarian Migrants' says British MPViews on BG | March 31, 2013, Sunday // 11:44| views
British Labor MP, Keith Vaz. Photo by
The Sunday Express
by Ted Jeory
DAVID CAMERON, Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband were told last night to convene urgent talks about forging a national strategy to tackle Britain's immigration crisis.
Senior Labour MP Keith Vaz said if the three party leaders could have a direct dialogue about the Leveson report on press regulation, they should be able to do likewise in "addressing of one the most challenging issues our nation faces".
Writing in the Sunday Express, he said: "On this issue above all others, we should listen to the British people. They have been incredibly tolerant in the past but they cannot stand abuse of the system.
"What is needed is not an arms race on immigration policy among our party leaders but a new consensus. Rather as they did for the Royal Charter agreement after Leveson, Messrs Cameron, Clegg and Miliband should now sit down together and talk about this issue." He said they needed to act quickly to deny "fringe parties" such as Ukip the "opportunity to fill the vacuum".
Among their top priorities, he added, should be opening talks with the governments of Romania and Bulgaria about possible waves of migrants to Britain from January.
He also said last week's abolition of the UK Border Agency was a chance to draw a line in the sand. His article comes as Home Office ministers begin to digest the financial legacy of the "not fit for purpose" UK Border Agency.
It is leaving the taxpayer with a ?50million bill for a string of accounting mix-ups, compensation payouts and legal wrangles in the past two years alone.
This includes ?29million to settle compensation claims and ?4.6million for flights to take failed asylum seekers to their home country which were cancelled due to successful eleventh-hour appeals;
There is also ?2.4million paid in error to asylum seekers who were not entitled to benefit payments and ?50,000 each to 40 children who were illegally treated as adults .
In Parliament on Tuesday, Home Secretary Theresa May said: "The agency was not set up to absorb the level of mass immigration that we saw under the last government.
"This meant the agency has never had the space to modernise its structures and systems and get on top of its workload."
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