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Having a strict immigration policy is not a sign of intolerance, according to the UKIP candidate for Harrow East.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with Stanmore Politics before the general and local elections this Thursday, Abhijit Pandya emphasised that critics have no basis for calling UKIP intolerant.

“A strict immigration policy in fact can ensure social cohesion and preserve toleration,” he said.

Pandya, a tutor of international law at LSE who grew up in the Harrow area, added he supported a strict cap on immigration.

“People must have secured employment to come into the UK, or they will be a burden on social security.”

However, as the son of immigrants, he agreed there have been ‘huge benefits’ to immigration in Britain, mentioning ‘hard-working decent people seeking to assimilate and participate in Britain.”

“Immigrants contribute to all areas of national life, have contributed to the armed services and the post second world war economic recovery.”

Following on from the furore of a hustings event last week, he said there were huge differences between UKIP and the BNP.

“The fundamentals of our understanding of Britishness is not based on ethnicity but on common shared values of liberalism, toleration and democracy,” he said.

The former Conservative campaigner said UKIP could offer a  clear position on Europe which was not anti-European ‘in a derogatory or prejudiced way’.

He said he wanted to make people aware ‘that we are not a one issue party’ and called for more vocational training for children and an economic revival for small and large businesses.

“I also want a Harrow that is free of property related crime, like burglary and thefts,” he said. “This is by ensuring that police are not burdened with administrative difficulties.

Pandya went on to describe a 50 per cent tax as ‘simply nationalised theft’ and called for a Royal Commission on climate change ‘to ensure Government spending in that area is used honestly’.

“We should not have the inordinate overseas aid budget that the Conservatives and Labour have signed up to in a time of economic crisis,” he said.

He said that politicians put too much emphasis on soundbites trying to please the public, rather than facing difficult arguments.

“Politics has become far too simplistic in its image, whereas the process of Government is ever more complex,” he said. “This leads to a misleading of the public’s expectations.”

Acknowledging UKIP face an uphill challenge, having polled just 757 votes in Harrow East in 2005, he said if he did lose he wanted the party to grow in Harrow ‘by listening to the real concerns of people from all areas of society.’

Still not decided who you’re going to vote for? Read the Stanmore Politics interview with incumbent Labour MP, Tony McNulty, here.

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The Home Secretary was in Harrow today to give a boost to the MPs fighting for their seats there and talk about Labour’s plans for policing.

Alan Johnson joined Harrow East MP Tony McNulty and his Harrow West counterpart Gareth Thomas, both of whom are fighting to save their seats in May, as they campaigned in the area.
 
The Home Secretary used the opportunity to raise concerns about Conservative policing policy and promise Labour would protect funding for Safer Neighbourhood teams.
 
“The Conservatives have not promised to keep up spending on police,” he said.
 
Calling neighbourhood policing a resource people ‘can reach out and touch’, he added:
 
“Our prediction is that we’ll see some of those teams pushed up to borough level which means diluting the neighbourhood policing we’ve become used to.
 
“Ensuring that every ward in London has a basic minimum level is really important.”
 
McNulty has previously also been vocal about policing, calling Mayor Boris Johnson a ‘clown’ in January after he stepped down from running the Metropolitan Policing Authority.

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Tony McNulty has told the website Labour Matters that Boris Johnson has broken a promise by appointing Kit Malthouse as his replacement chair of the Metropolitan Police Authority. Malthouse, the deputy Mayor of London, was set to be confirmed to the post today.

 Harrow East MP McNulty launched another criticism of Johnson, saying under his leadership:

“…police numbers are being cut and the signs are that safer neighbourhood teams as we currently know them will be eroded.”

Read the full report here.

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Tony McNulty has again criticized London Mayor Boris Johnson for his policing plans.

The Harrow East MP told the Evening Standard that the £27 million budget reduction over the coming three years would make policing more difficult.

He said of the mayor’s so-called “efficiency savings’:

“It’s no good talking tough on crime if you squeeze the Met so that their job becomes increasingly difficult.”

Last month the Labour MP branded Boris a ‘clown’ for stepping down from his post running the Metropolitan Police Authority.

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London Mayor Boris Johnson “can’t even be bothered” to run the Metropolitan Police Authority (MPA), Tony McNulty said today.

Calling the Tory mayor a ‘clown’, the Harrow East Labour MP slammed him for his decision to quit his year-old leadership of the London police.

 According to the Press Association, McNulty criticised Johnson for a number of failings, including not delivering the money for rape crisis centres and raising the price of travelling on public transport in the capital.

McNulty also said the mayor had broken his promise to have more police operating in London. He said the most recent proposals meant a 500-strong decrease.

 Johnson is stepping down because he wants “reorganise and refocus” on other projects, and McNulty questioned those commitments.

 “This man can’t even be bothered chairing the MPA but still takes £250,000 from the Daily Telegraph.

 “Isn’t it the case that London has stopped laughing at this clown?”

 Johnson’s decision means his deputy will take over the reins at Scotland Yard. It follows a change in the law which enabled the mayor to take control of policing in the capital.

Harriet Harman said today she will call for a Home Office investigation into his decision.

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