Monday, 28 August 2017

Independent: George Osborne urges Tory MPs to defy Theresa May over foreign students

Independent: George Osborne urges Tory MPs to defy Theresa May over foreign students

George Osborne has called on Conservatives MPs to defy Theresa May and vote to remove overseas students from the Government’s migration targets.

It comes after new official figures revealed that previous data had massively overestimated the number of students who remain in the UK illegally after finishing their courses. The real figure is just 4,600 – a fraction of the 100,000 estimate that has been the basis of government policy for years.

In an editorial for the London Evening Standard, which Mr Osborne edits, the former Chancellor claimed Ms May was the only minister in David Cameron’s Cabinet arguing that students should be included in the figures. Her argument is said to have been based heavily on the 100,000 estimate that has now been discredited.

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