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‘Nothing short of an arson attack on the Lake District’ - MP slams Government immigration plans

February 10, 2020 3:58 PM

Commenting on the news that the Government are set to announce a £25,600 salary floor for migrants wanting to work in the UK hospitality industry, local MP Tim Farron said: "Speaking to hospitality leaders in the Lakes, they are in absolutely no doubt the Government's new restrictions will devastate businesses up and down the Lake District.

"There are around 20,000 non-UK staff currently working in the Lake District, but with just yet 279 people registered as unemployed in the National Park there is no clear answer who the Government think will step in to do all these jobs that will be left vacant.

"This is nothing short of an arson attack on Britain's second biggest visitor destination and these plans must be stopped before this wrecking ball hits Cumbria's £3bn tourism economy."