I sincerely believe that the UK is one of the best countries in the world to come and live. My parents were immigrants who came here to start a new life and my mother works in the NHS for over 30 years. That is why people from across the world have chosen to come here and I welcome their contribution to our society.
I also welcome the commitment of the Government to building a single, global immigration system which considers people on skills, rather than nationality. The future border and immigration system will support the UK economy, but also address the public's concerns.
The current bill going through Parliament is not the legislation addressing the future immigration policy but is focused on simply ending our EU immigration policy and a subsequent bill will set out the new immigration policy and will ensure health professionals will continue to be welcomed from abroad. I know from my experience as an NHS nurse the desire for the very best medical staff to join our workforce, and I am glad that future immigration policy will be designed not to discriminate between EU and non-EU workers so that we can attract the very best skills when they are needed.