Leaders debated immigration to the UK and other domestic matters at the first debate.
16 April 2010
First British leaders debate saw immigration to the UK a key topic
Leaders of the three main political parties took part in the first debate in the lead up to the election last night, debating key domestic topics such as UK immigration, law and order, education, MPs’ expenses, economy, defence, health care and social care.
The topics were raised in questions by members of the studio audience, with international and economic matters to be debated the next two debates.
immigration to the UK was the first question at the debate, and Gordon Brown claimed that net immigration had been falling since he moved into 10 Downing Street because of the actions his government were taking.
Brown came under attack from Mr Cameron, who pledged to introduce a cap on UK immigration to bring it so it’s in the “tens of thousands, not the hundreds of thousands”.
Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Nick Clegg, set out the party policy to restore exit controls and ensure that immigrants were matched regionally with jobs before arriving in Britain.
TV debates between the parties will be held every Thursday night for two more weeks.