A Tory rebellion against the Government’s Immigration Bill is being lead by Amber Valley MP Nigel Mills – who fears Romanian and Bulgarian migrants will make it tougher to find jobs in the borough.
An amendment proposed to the bill by the backbencher has gained the support of up to 70 Conservative MPs who are refusing to back down unless the proposed legislation goes further in restricting migration to the UK.
Between 250,000 and 350,000 new arrivals are expected to over the next five years.
Mr Mills’ amendment to the bill proposes restrictions on migrants from Romania and Bulgaria are reinstated until 2018.
He said: “We can’t allow unrestricted low-skilled migration if we want to tackle our unemployment problems.
While the Government has made real progress tackling immigration from outside the EU, migration from within the EU has remained high, leaving us a long way from achieving our target of reducing migration to the tens of thousands.
“We therefore now need to tackle unrestricted EU migration and take some real measures. The restrictions I’m proposing would be one way of delivering this.”