McNarry clarifies Nolan remarks
David McNarry, UKIP’s Northern Ireland Leader, speaking of this morning’s Nolan show on Radio Ulster has said :
“George on the Shankill was right. I do need to clarify my remarks on the Nolan show this morning. Clearly, no-one should be deported for a minor offence. It is only where a very serious offence occurs, followed by due process and subsequent conviction in the Courts, that anyone should be deported. This morning’s remarks were part of what I considered a silly line of questioning taking an extreme example and blowing it out of all proportion. I wanted Stephen Nolan to consider UKIP’s deportation policy seriously and not in an extreme light as he did, geared more to entertainment rather than public information. Let me make the position absolutely crystal clear – UKIP would not deport anyone for anything other than a serious offence followed by due process and conviction in the Courts. That is our policy on deportation. UKIP have serious policies on migration and deportation.
The facts cannot be denied – that nearly 140,000 national insurance cards have been issued and registered here to people born outside the UK since 2000 and that represents nearly 19% of our 720,000 workforce. Youth unemployment here stands at 22%, which is 50% higher than the figure of 14% in England. Parents the length and breadth of Northern Ireland are worried that their children cannot get a job, a home or a future and migration is contributing to that.”