Howard outlines Tories plans for asylum and immigration

    Michael Howard has revealed that a practical system of medical
    checks for people coming to work in the UK would be introduced
    under a Conservative government, writes Clare
    Jerrom.

    The Tory party leader said the measures would be introduced to
    reduce health risks in the Britain and safeguard access to the
    NHS.

    “At the next election people will face a clear choice:
    limited and controlled immigration under the Conservatives or
    unlimited immigration under Blair,” said Howard.

    Under the plans, those coming from outside the EU on a temporary
    basis for over six months but less than 12 months from a high
    incidence TB country would be required to undergo a chest X-ray
    followed up by tests if necessary.

    People coming from outside the EU to settle in Britain would
    have to show they are unlikely to be a danger to public health in
    the UK.

    The medical check would include chest X-rays and tests for
    hepatitis and HIV. If someone has TB they will be refused a visa
    whereas other cases will be dealt with on a case by case basis.

    The proposals will not affect asylum applicants’
    claims.

    Meanwhile, Tony Blair is expected to reiterate Labour’s
    commitment to education this week as he steps up the party’s
    manifesto campaign.

    The government’s five-year plan for asylum and immigration
    was outlined by home secretary Charles Clarke earlier this
    month.

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