Nigel Farage lands enormous blow towards Penny Mordaunt over migration as ITV viewers erupts | Politics | News | EUROtoday

Get real time updates directly on you device, subscribe now.

Nigel Farage drew widespread laughter from the ITV General Election viewers in Salford, after scrutinising Penny Mordaunt over the Tories’ document on immigration.

He requested the senior Tory: “Given that your 2010 manifesto, your 2015 manifesto, your 2017 manifesto said you’d reduce net migrations to the tens of thousands, your 2019 manifesto said immigration would massively reduce and that net 4.3 million people have come into the country since that time – why on earth should anyone believe the fifth manifesto that promises cuts to net migration?”

Ms Mordaunt replied: “Because of the record of this Prime Minister.”

The viewers response within the studio was maybe the most important of the evening – with widespread laughter and Mr Farage waving his palms and saying: “Enough. That’s fine – I’m happy.”

Once the laughter died down, Ms Mordaunt mentioned: “We’ve had figures out today that show that visa applications have fallen by 30 percent and the OBR’s own forecast say that we will halve immigration by next summer.”

“That’s the trajectory we’re on and we will give Parliament the chance to set an annual cap on family and work visas. That will be enshrined, a legal cap.”

She continued: “And that is what we are offering. That is why you can have confidence that those numbers – they are projected to come down.”

“And the only altenrative you have in this election is that or what the Labour Party have on offer – Nigel is a Labour enabler.”

In response, Mr Farage merely mentioned: “Penny, I don’t believe a single word that you say.”

Earlier within the debate Mr Farage and Angela Rayner locked horns over Labour’s plan to scrap personal faculties’ VAT exemption.

Under Labour, personal faculty charges would see 20 % VAT slapped on them. Critics say that may power some dad and mom to cease paying for his or her kids’s schooling and place rising strain on the state sector.

The Reform UK chief tackling the coverage, mentioned: “Look, you know, if you put 20 percent on private school fees all you’ll finish up with, probably 25 percent of those currently in private school will then be a burden for state schools.

“It is self-defeating coverage that removes parental alternative.”

Angela Rayner retorted: “Those faculties may soak up a few of these prices so that they did not need to move it on.”