Berwick-upon-Tweed: In order to win back public trust on immigration, business in the UK needs to consider its role and responsibilities

Berwick-upon-Tweed in Northumberland was our fourth and final destination for our visits to the North East. Just two miles south of the border, administration of the town has passed between England and Scotland changed hands at least 13 times in its history. It is a market town and the largest settlement in the area. Consequently, Read more about Berwick-upon-Tweed: In order to win back public trust on immigration, business in the UK needs to consider its role and responsibilities[…]

Kidderminster: Regaining trust on immigration will also involve targeting those who trigger further division in our communities

Kidderminster in Worcestershire was the National Conversation’s 43rd visit. Our citizens’ panel in Kidderminster were mostly blue-collar workers and retirees, an anti-establishment group who were mostly ‘balancers’, seeing both positive contributions as well as challenges posed by immigration. “There’s a lot of doctors coming in and people training to be nurses and working long hours, Read more about Kidderminster: Regaining trust on immigration will also involve targeting those who trigger further division in our communities[…]

Chesterfield: If public consent for immigration is to be gained, conversations need to be extended to Sports Direct, too

Our 28th National Conversation visit was to Chesterfield, a town of about 100,000 people in Derbyshire. Here, as we always do, we held a meeting with local stakeholders, then later with a citizens’ panel. In both discussions, we heard lots about the impact of Brexit on jobs and the local economy, but the two groups Read more about Chesterfield: If public consent for immigration is to be gained, conversations need to be extended to Sports Direct, too[…]