Adrian Ramsay speaking at Green Party Conference

The Green Party of England and Wales has heavily criticised the Labour Party’s rhetoric and policy on migration. The Greens’ co-leader Adrian Ramsay accused the Labour leader Keir Starmer of ‘divisive rhetoric’ on the issue after he launched a manifesto commitment on migration in The Sun on Sunday.

In the interview, Starmer said: “Read my lips — I will bring immigration numbers down.

“If you trust me with the keys to No10 I will make you this promise: I will control our borders and make sure British businesses are helped to hire Brits first.”

Responding to Starmer’s, Green Party co-leader, Adrian Ramsay, said: “Keir Starmer is falling into the same trap that the Conservatives have. Stoking division and adopting the anti-migrant rhetoric of Nigel Farage and Natalie Elphicke instead of welcoming the important role people choosing to work in the UK play. People coming to live and work in the UK play an invaluable role in our health and care sectors.

“Those who peddle this divisive rhetoric ignore this and instead feed a false narrative that it’s migration, not a chronic underinvestment in public services, that are stopping you from getting a GP appointment, a hospital bed, or the surgery you need. This is just not true.”

He continued: “Greens in contrast reject this false divisive rhetoric. We are offering real hope and real change at this election. Only the Greens offer the investment in jobs, infrastructure and public services fit for the future to fix our broken frontline services.

“Voters know that the Greens will never blame people from other countries for the years of underinvestment and economic mismanagement by the Conservative Government.”