Diane says Jeremy Corbyn will not scapegoat immigrants

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LONDON: Labour leader Diane Abbott has said that Jeremy Corbyn will not scapegoat immigrants and Labour will have a reasonable approach to managing migration, Diane Abbott has told the party’s conference.

The shadow home secretary received a standing ovation as she came on stage in Brighton where she told delegates the Tories have “weaponised” immigration and have been “prepared to pander to anti-immigration sentiment”.

Ms Abbott said Labour would end indefinite immigration detention and review the Prevent anti-extremist strategy.

She said: “There are real labour market issues in relation to immigration – but the Labour Party under the

“Labour in government will work across departments to counter the effects of deregulation, liberalisation and the weakening of trade-union rights and freedoms.”

Ms Abbott said there was increasing concern that Prevent is a tainted brand that is not fit for purpose. The Government is boosting its total spending on counter-terrorism by 30%, from £11.7 billion to £15.1 billion.

However, Sara Thornton, head of the National Police Chiefs’ Council, has argued the amount allocated from that budget to policing, which currently totals around £700 million a year, is set to be cut by 7.2% in the next three years.

Ms Abbott said: “The truth is that austerity undermines policing and community safety in just the same way that it undermines our health service.