“ANSWER the question!” Labour MP taken apart on Radio 4 as he squirms over immigration


Stephen Kinnock, MP for Aberavon and the son of former leader Neil Kinnock, clashed with presenter Sarah Montague over the threat Ukip poses to Labour.

On Monday Paul Nuttall was , succeeding Nigel Farage, who announced his resignation back in July.

The threat from must always be treated seriously, but I think Mr Nuttall has some big challenges in front of him,” Mr Kinnock told Today.

“One is the fact that Ukip has always been a one man band and the shadow of is cast long over the party.

“Also mission accomplished. They wanted to bring the UK out of the EU, they have got the result they wanted.”

On the subject of immigration Mr Kinnock said: “We are prepared to set out an agenda that we want an economy that has to work with immigration.

“Immigration is a vital part of our economy but there needs to be controls in place.”

Pouncing on this Montague asked: “When you say manage immigration – you mean cut immigration?”

The 46-year-old replied: “I don”t think it necessarily has to be cut. What I think people are looking for is a system which they can believe in and trust.

Montague then grilled Mr Kinnock on whether he believed recent figures showing net migration into Britain was at 330,000 were too high.

Dodging the question the Labour MP, who campaigned for Remain said: “I would like to see sector by sector dialogue. I would like to business, government, and trade unions coming together on a sector by sector basis.”

An exasperated Montague thundered: “OK but that number – you are not my answering my question which is about the number!

“300,000 plus does not seem too high for you?”

Once again Mr Kinnock dodged the question and instead said the blame lay at David Cameron and the Conservatives’ door for falsely promising to lower net migration to the “tens of thousands”.

Speaking in central London after being elected the new leader of Ukip, Mr Nuttall fired a warning to Jeremy Corbyn and Labour.

He said: “My focus is here, in the United Kingdom, on winning council seats and on getting Ukip backsides on the green leather of the House of Commons.

“I am my own man. I will be completely different to Nigel.

“My ambition is not insignificant: I want to replace the Labour party and make Ukip the patriotic voice of working people.”