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'We were WRONG, we are SORRY' Senior Labour MP pens open letter to Ukip voters
Sunday Express ^ | 5-25-2014 | Owen Bennett

Posted on 05/25/2014 9:50:45 AM PDT by tcrlaf

ONE of Labour's most senior figures has written an open letter to Ukip supporters today, apologising for the party's previous views on immigration concerns and urging them to "keep an open mind".

Shadow Justice Minister Sadiq Khan concedes Labour has been "too quick to dismiss concerns about immigration, or even worse - accused people of prejudice" in the letter, which was sent exclusively to Express.co.uk.

Mr Khan lists a range of policies designed to entice former Labour voters thinking of voting for Ukip back to his party.

The letter comes just days after Ukip saw its number of councillors across England rise by 161, eating into Labour support in Essex and the North.

Below is the letter in full:

(Excerpt) Read more at express.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: election; eu; euelection; euelections; euparliament; eussr; labour; sorelosers; ukip
Translation: We are losing badly, and this is the last chance we have to sway some last-minute votes in our favor."

This is quite interesting.

1 posted on 05/25/2014 9:50:45 AM PDT by tcrlaf
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To: tcrlaf

At least all of the major parties in the UK have achieved a political consensus that legal immigration needs to be reduced substantially. We have not reached that point here with both parties pushing increased immigration and more guest workers.


2 posted on 05/25/2014 9:56:09 AM PDT by kabar
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To: tcrlaf

Kook for a similar apology from Democrats regarding Obamacare come October.


3 posted on 05/25/2014 9:57:32 AM PDT by allendale
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To: tcrlaf

may Labor Get a Boot in the Bum so hard,... they are never seen or heard from again.


4 posted on 05/25/2014 9:57:50 AM PDT by SandRat (Duty - Honor - Country! What else needs said?)
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To: tcrlaf

Reading it, I come away with a sense that Labour finally realizes that not just a few people, but a significant cohort of people, are really pissed off about the idiotic immigration policies of the UK.

The trouble for Labour now is that the only way to win those voters back is to start talking about clamping down on immigration, which the Labour Party simply won’t do. Ever. The LP depends on their pro-immigration stand with the business sector and with the immigrant activists for their power base.


5 posted on 05/25/2014 10:01:58 AM PDT by NVDave
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To: kabar

Let’s see if the Brits actually do something about being over-run
by Muslims, instead of just talk about doing something.


6 posted on 05/25/2014 10:09:14 AM PDT by tennmountainman (Just Say No To Obamacare)
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To: tcrlaf

My guess is that this will only accelerate UKIP’s position at the expense of Labour. We need a USIP.


7 posted on 05/25/2014 10:15:24 AM PDT by Menehune56 ("Let them hate so long as they fear" (Oderint Dum Metuant), Lucius Accius (170 BC - 86 BC))
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To: NVDave
"The LP depends on their pro-immigration stand with the business sector and with the immigrant activists for their power base."

Wait until those in upper management are replaced by bigoted foreigners who don't give a darn about "fairness" or meritocracy, they are dedicated to "looking out for their own".

8 posted on 05/25/2014 10:17:57 AM PDT by uncommonsense (Liberals see what they believe; Conservatives believe what they see.)
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To: kabar

“We have not reached that point here....”

We get a large amount of dishwashers and landscapers, with admittedly a small criminal element. They seem to get mostly jihadi-loving welfare cheats.


9 posted on 05/25/2014 10:35:10 AM PDT by jocon307
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To: tcrlaf
"Shadow Justice Minister Sadiq Khan..."

Yikes, how that sounds to American ears.

Sounds like the job title and name for a sinister bad guy from Anthony Herbert's Dune series.

10 posted on 05/25/2014 10:45:49 AM PDT by The KG9 Kid
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To: tcrlaf

Pander much? The UK voters can perform the simple math that Labour leaders are unable or unwilling to do - open immigration policies do more harm than good.


11 posted on 05/25/2014 11:22:55 AM PDT by mjustice (Apparently common sense isn't so common.)
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To: The KG9 Kid

“’Shadow Justice Minister Sadiq Khan...’ Yikes, how that sounds to American ears. Sounds like the job title and name for a sinister bad guy from Anthony Herbert’s Dune series.”

Or sounds like a senior official in Holder’s Dept. of Injustice.


12 posted on 05/25/2014 11:28:29 AM PDT by SharpRightTurn (White, black, and red all over--America's affirmative action, metrosexual president.)
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To: The KG9 Kid
Shadow Justice Minister Sadiq Khan

Read no further to understand why Labour has no credibility on the issue of immigration in the United Kingdom. Once-Great Britain has been consumed by its empire, and now the conquering Muslims are pouring in to finish the job. Londonistan.

13 posted on 05/25/2014 11:32:33 AM PDT by Always A Marine
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To: Menehune56
We need a USIP.

Yes we do. And I like the name, the US Independence Party. People can relate to that. Independence from government interference. Independence from high taxes. Etc.

I never liked the "Tea Party" name. It sounds rather old and quaint. Not dynamic at all.

14 posted on 05/25/2014 11:34:55 AM PDT by Leaning Right (Why am I holding this lantern? I am looking for the next Reagan.)
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To: tcrlaf

There is still an amazing amount of stupid in that “apology”.

I especially like “energy prices will be frozen”. Wow, why didn’t we think of that 15 years ago? How about 40 years ago?


15 posted on 05/25/2014 12:03:13 PM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: jocon307
We get a large amount of dishwashers and landscapers, with admittedly a small criminal element. They seem to get mostly jihadi-loving welfare cheats.

We have over 2 million criminal aliens in this country. Over 50,000 Americans have been killed by criminal aliens since 9/11. Why don't you take a gander at this GAO Report: Criminal Alien Statistics: Information on Incarcerations, Arrests, and Costs GAO-11-187

As far as welfare is concerned, immigrants, legal and illegal, use welfare to a far greater extent than the native born.


16 posted on 05/25/2014 12:16:59 PM PDT by kabar
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To: tcrlaf

Very self-serving apology


17 posted on 05/25/2014 12:26:30 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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18 posted on 05/25/2014 12:31:14 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: Menehune56

We need a USIP and I agree... a party for small government.


19 posted on 05/25/2014 2:18:58 PM PDT by ExCTCitizen (I'm ExCTCitizen and I approve this reply. If it does offend Libs, I'm NOT sorry...)
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To: tcrlaf
Accusing people of racism works, until it stops working. In this country, I thought people had reached their limit on false racism accusations in 1990. I was wrong. Could the tipping point be approaching soon here?

The White Privilege Conference, the knock-out game, the idea that there is no legitimate opposition to Obama, it's all racism. These and many other events are building, the anger and resentment of these false charges is building, will it finally explode?

20 posted on 05/26/2014 8:37:06 AM PDT by Jabba the Nutt (You can have a free country or government schools. Choose one.)
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To: Jabba the Nutt

“Could the tipping point be approaching soon here?”

No...
The sheeple are too concerned about the drama surrounding the latest Cardashian Wedding...


21 posted on 05/26/2014 8:51:19 AM PDT by tcrlaf (Q)
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To: Always A Marine

95.4% of the UK is still Non Muslim. Three parts of the UK (Scotland, NI, Wales) have less than 1% Muslim populations.

To paraphrase Twain, news of the UK’s conquest has been greatly exaggerated.

p.s London isn’t the UK. Or even just England.


22 posted on 05/26/2014 1:28:06 PM PDT by the scotsman (UK)
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To: the scotsman

But that unassimilated 4.6% Muslim minority punches well above its weight, and the UK’s laws have been so twisted that once-tough Tommy must take whatever beating that Mohammed inflicts. It is a world turned upside down, with no correction in sight.


23 posted on 05/26/2014 3:49:27 PM PDT by Always A Marine
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