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‘Procurement to prioritise local people’ this was the pledge from the UK Labour party, who has said that public procurement will in future give priority to local people as it moves to tackle immigration.
The vow was made in the party’s 2010 general election manifesto.
The Prime Minister promised the current government would tighten the criteria of its Australian-style points based immigration system to “ensure the economy gets the migrants it needs, but no more”.
The manifesto did not detail how the procurement process would change. It simply said: “There will be no unskilled migration from outside the EU. Skilled jobs are now advertised here first for four weeks with more vacancies going to local workers, and public procurement will in future give priority to local people.”