MP calls for English tests for immigrants

A Labour MP has called on the government to consider introducing restrictions on immigrant brides and grooms who cannot speak English. Ann Cryer, who represents Keighley in West Yorkshire, said many UK Muslims were held back economically and educationally by language difficulties.

But the MP’s views were described as “sinister” by Shahid Malik, who is a senior member of the Commission For Racial Equality and a Labour Party National Executive Committee member.

BBC News, 13 July 2001