Prime Minister David Cameron pledged to do more to control immigration as he answered Peterborough workers questions during a visit to the city today.
Mr Cameron visited the Perkins Engines site - now run by Caterpillar - in the city, where he gave a question and answer session to 1,800 workers.
One worker asked the PM about the levels of immigration, saying he recently experienced a long wait at A & E with his son, and saying his daughter had not received attention at school as a result of pupils who did not have English as a first language.
Mr Cameron admitted he needed to do more to tackle uncontrolled immigration, and said: “What we are going to do, to control it better - if you come to Britain, and you don’t have a job, you can not claim unemployment benefit. After six months, if you still haven’t got a job, you have to go home.
“ If you have a job, you don’t get full access to our welfare system for four years.”
The Prime Minister spent time walking round the factory, speaking to workers before the question and answer session - which he said was one of the biggest events of this type he had attended.
He said the plant was a vital part of the economy, exporting across Europe - and he said while the rules firms had to stick to were governed by the EU, if Britain left the union, they would still have to comply with the regulations.
Speaking after the event, worker Ian Congreave said he had been impressed by Mr Cameron. He said: “He made a clear and compelling case for staying in, which is more than can be said so far for the ‘out’ brigade.”
Mr Cameron called on people to vote to stay in the EU in this summer’s referendum, calling it a bigger vote than the General Election.
He also unveiled two posters before touring the factory - one with a list of ‘experts’ who backed the stay in the EU campaign, and another pointing out the lack of ‘experts’ backing the leave campaign.
The Prime Minister unveiled the posters alongside Sir Brendan, the ex-general secretary of the Trades Union Council (TUC)
He said: “One of the strongest arguments for staying is our economy will be stronger, we will have more jobs, more prosperity, family finances will better, if we stay in.”
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