Conservative MP for Don Valley, Nick Fletcher, has taken to social media to defend his support for the party’s Immigration Bill and dismissed comments on his Christian beliefs.
Last week, Fletcher said the UK is already “full” and incapable of receiving more migrants for settlement. His comments prompted criticism online, with many comments accusing him of displaying ‘unchristian’ behaviour.
Unhappy with the criticism, the politician published a two-page letter online defending his Christian faith and his support for the immigration bill. He said: “I stood in the Chamber last week when the 'Stop the Boats Bill' was first announced and said simply, ‘We are full.'
“There was the usual noise from the opposition. Twitter went into meltdown.”
“As a Christian, more than a few will always throw the Bible at me, tell me I am a poor example of a Christian, and then tell me they hate me. But the fact of the matter is we are simply full.”
Fletcher said the UK could not continue to take “illegal economic migrants from safe countries such as France until we have our house in order”.
“Many of our issues are created by the continuous stream of people coming to live here,” he continued.
The Tory MP argues that hospitals have no vacancies, GP appointments are scarce, schools are overpopulated, and hotels are fully occupied.
“I am sorry. Christian or not; this just isn't right. We need this Bill to stop the boats,” he added.
"We need those on the left to help make this work. We don't need a fractured country divided on this issue. We need to get our own house in order, and then when we have, and if we can, maybe then we can help a few more people who genuinely need our help.
“But Stop the Boats, we must. There is no other option. Immigration has to be controlled. We are, at least at present, full,” he concluded.