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BCC announces immigration debate speakers at Conference 2011

Published 7th July, 2011 by Neil Nixon

BCC announces immigration debate speakers at Conference 2011

The British Cleaning Council has announced that Sir Andrew Green of Migrationwatch UK, and Gerry Sutcliffe MP, Shadow Minister for Immigration, will debate the social and economic impacts of immigration on the UK at the BCC Conference 2011.

The debate will take place on 11 October 2011 at Kings Place, where up to 400 delegates and 10 official exhibitors will form the audience at the award-winning conference hall and exhibition space in London’s Kings Cross.

Andrew Green is a former British diplomat and the founding chairman of Migrationwatch UK, an organisation which is a vocal critic of the number of migrants coming into Britain. After spending 35 years working as a diplomat, where he spent much of his career in the Middle East, Green set up Migrationwatch UK in 2001, and is often featured in the media speaking out against what his organisation deems to be unacceptably high levels of migration into the UK.

Gerry Sutcliffe has been the Labour Party MP for Bradford South since 1994, occupying a number of parliamentary roles in the administrations of both Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. He was the campaign manager of Andy Burnham’s unsuccessful bid for the Labour Leadership in 2010, and, as of January this year, has been the shadow immigration minister, becoming an outspoken critic of the work of Migrationwatch UK.

Mark Woodhead, chairman of the British Cleaning Council, said: "We are delighted to have secured such credible representation of both sides of the argument on this most contentious of issues. It is estimated that London alone has over 250,000 non-UK nationals working in the cleaning industry, and while it is clear our sector is heavily dependent on their hard work, what are the social and economic consequences of this level of migration for people already living here? This is the conundrum our panel will undoubtedly shed some light on, with the help and input of members from our industry, who are operating on the frontline of the immigration debate.”

The immigration panel joins previously confirmed speakers scheduled for the day, which include Daniel Finkelstein, executive editor of the Times, and Norman Baker MP, Secretary of State for Transport. Each speaker will be addressing issues of sustainability and social responsibly for modern businesses.
For full details of the line-up and sponsors exhibiting on the day or to purchase tickets please visit the conference website:

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