IMMIGRATION: Time to step up controls

At a time when the parents of about 80,000 pupils have learned that they have not got their first choice of school, it comes as no surprise to learn that almost 188,000 of the 695,000 UK births in 2014 were to migrant mums.

The figure has more than doubled since 1997 and it is expected to rise as high as one in three births by 2021.

We need much tighter immigration controls. Our country is bursting at the seams and our infrastructure is struggling to keep up with demand.

It has recently emerged that net migration has soared by 50 per cent in a year to 318,000 – the highest level for a decade. We just cannot go on like this.

We need to leave the EU and introduce an Australian-style points system for immigrants so that we have control over who lives here and brings the skills we need to grow our economy. We owe it to our children who are already being affected by the over-demand for school places.

Jonathan Arnot

UKIP North East MEP