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Hillary Clinton thinks you can beat the right on immigration? Clearly, she’s never heard of New Labour

For years, New Labour pursued a hard line on immigration with hateful language and exclusionary policies. The result? More people trusted the Conservatives

By Steve Bloomfield  

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair gives a speech in 2002. Photo: LSE Library/Flickr

The only way to defeat the rise of the far-right, claimed Hillary Clinton last week, is to “get a handle on immigration,” The former Democratic presidential candidate said that Europe’s centre-left needed to “send a very clear message—‘we are not going to be able to continue to provide refuge and support’”.

Hillary Clinton clearly hasn’t heard of New Labour.

Under Tony Blair, New Labour passed five migration-related bills between…

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