Monmouthshire housing crisis 'due to immigration' - David Davies, MP

HOUSING CONCERN: David Davies, MP for Monmouth

'IMMIGRATION NOT ISSUE': Ruth Jones, Labour’s prospective parliamentary candidate for Monmouth

First published in Monmouthshire news

IMMIGRATION to the UK has caused a shortage of housing in Monmouthshire, Monmouth MP David Davies has claimed.

The Conservative politician said the EU election results showed the majority of people want action on Europe and immigration.

UKIP polled 6,757 votes in Monmouthshire – 1,212 behind the Tories who came top.

But though Monmouthshire’s turnout was the best in Gwent, it was still just 34 per cent.

Mr Davies said he was pleased with the result in the county, which he said was good for the Tories, and said: “It does show the majority of people in Monmouthshire are concerned about Europe and immigration and want to see action taken.

The Argus asked Mr Davies if there was an immigration problem in Monmouthshire.

“There’s no immigration problem in Monmouthshire itself; there is a problem caused by immigration in Monmouthshire and it’s a shortage of housing,” the MP said.

“We’re having to build 400 houses a year over the next ten years because so many people are moving in, and they are moving in because the population of the UK is growing.

Mr Davies said: “politicians in both Labour and Conservative parties who are concerned about immigration should be able to talk about it without being accused of racism, which is the problem I’ve had over the last ten years.

“There is a problem with immigration; it has nothing to do with race,” he added.

Ruth Jones, Labour general election candidate for Monmouth, said the area does need more affordable housing.

She said: “Young people are being priced out of their home county, and they are moving to cities and having to commute.”

She said: “It’s not to address the immigration issue. It’s local people who need housing.”

Meanwhile Nick Ramsay, Tory AM for Monmouth, said: “UKIP voters have sent a powerful message to the bubble political class that they need to wake up to the concerns of real people.

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6:14pm Tue 27 May 14

topdog99 says...

David Davies gives another totally unfounded remark, talk about jumping on the bandwagon and its no surprise that ukippers are just disgruntled Tories.
The housing shortage is due to underfunding by this government and the lack of decent wages making housing unaffordable to most.
You dont fool me Mr Davies and the the public wont be food by your friends Ukip.

Ukip did well because the public wanted to give the other party’s a wake up and the LibDems a kicking-who betrayed their followers by getting into bed with the Tories.
Make no mistake a Conservative/Ukip coalition is a real possibility DONT BE FOOLED
David Davies gives another totally unfounded remark, talk about jumping on the bandwagon and its no surprise that ukippers are just disgruntled Tories. The housing shortage is due to underfunding by this government and the lack of decent wages making housing unaffordable to most. You dont fool me Mr Davies and the the public wont be food by your friends Ukip. Ukip did well because the public wanted to give the other party’s a wake up and the LibDems a kicking-who betrayed their followers by getting into bed with the Tories. Make no mistake a Conservative/Ukip coalition is a real possibility DONT BE FOOLED topdog99
  • Score: -4

6:32pm Tue 27 May 14

cantbelieveitsnotbetter says...

majority of people in Monmouthshire? 34 % turnout ? even more laughable than usual from this fear peddling pillock
majority of people in Monmouthshire? 34 % turnout ? even more laughable than usual from this fear peddling pillock cantbelieveitsnotbetter
  • Score: 1

6:59pm Tue 27 May 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

Allo, allo...didn't take Mr Davies long to jump on the Ukip bandwagon, did it? If you're going to make political bedfellows out of the first battalion of advancing Ukip storm troopers you see it's usually the done thing to be a little more subtle about it - otherwise people will talk, dear....

Ps. We don't need affordable, cheapo, cardboard box housing; we need higher, decent wages that will close the ever-widening gap between the poor and the rich. When the majority of working class people start voting for an extreme left wing party then the establishment will start to get worried.
Allo, allo...didn't take Mr Davies long to jump on the Ukip bandwagon, did it? If you're going to make political bedfellows out of the first battalion of advancing Ukip storm troopers you see it's usually the done thing to be a little more subtle about it - otherwise people will talk, dear.... Ps. We don't need affordable, cheapo, cardboard box housing; we need higher, decent wages that will close the ever-widening gap between the poor and the rich. When the majority of working class people start voting for an extreme left wing party then the establishment will start to get worried. Katie Re-Registered
  • Score: 1

7:24pm Tue 27 May 14

KarloMarko says...

Well, Well, the boy Davis is trying on his best BNP outfit again...suits you Sir!

And with a vacancy coming up soon at the top as the gasping Griffin in dropped into the Thames by his grateful crew....

Some might say that pond life Tory MPs triple flipping their triple properties have more to answer for...
Well, Well, the boy Davis is trying on his best BNP outfit again...suits you Sir! And with a vacancy coming up soon at the top as the gasping Griffin in dropped into the Thames by his grateful crew.... Some might say that pond life Tory MPs triple flipping their triple properties have more to answer for... KarloMarko
  • Score: 1

7:31pm Tue 27 May 14

scraptheWAG says...

topdog99 wrote:
David Davies gives another totally unfounded remark, talk about jumping on the bandwagon and its no surprise that ukippers are just disgruntled Tories.
The housing shortage is due to underfunding by this government and the lack of decent wages making housing unaffordable to most.
You dont fool me Mr Davies and the the public wont be food by your friends Ukip.

Ukip did well because the public wanted to give the other party’s a wake up and the LibDems a kicking-who betrayed their followers by getting into bed with the Tories.
Make no mistake a Conservative/Ukip coalition is a real possibility DONT BE FOOLED
stupid comments, house prices went out of control under brown on labours debt fuelled economy leaving many paying huge rents in the private sector, huge house building is now needed .

Dont tell me you vote labour before your father did
[quote][p][bold]topdog99[/bold] wrote: David Davies gives another totally unfounded remark, talk about jumping on the bandwagon and its no surprise that ukippers are just disgruntled Tories. The housing shortage is due to underfunding by this government and the lack of decent wages making housing unaffordable to most. You dont fool me Mr Davies and the the public wont be food by your friends Ukip. Ukip did well because the public wanted to give the other party’s a wake up and the LibDems a kicking-who betrayed their followers by getting into bed with the Tories. Make no mistake a Conservative/Ukip coalition is a real possibility DONT BE FOOLED[/p][/quote]stupid comments, house prices went out of control under brown on labours debt fuelled economy leaving many paying huge rents in the private sector, huge house building is now needed . Dont tell me you vote labour before your father did scraptheWAG
  • Score: 3

7:32pm Tue 27 May 14

topdog99 says...

Katie Re-Registered wrote:
Allo, allo...didn't take Mr Davies long to jump on the Ukip bandwagon, did it? If you're going to make political bedfellows out of the first battalion of advancing Ukip storm troopers you see it's usually the done thing to be a little more subtle about it - otherwise people will talk, dear....

Ps. We don't need affordable, cheapo, cardboard box housing; we need higher, decent wages that will close the ever-widening gap between the poor and the rich. When the majority of working class people start voting for an extreme left wing party then the establishment will start to get worried.
Almost right,
But I think you will find the majority of working class people are being fooled into voting for a party much nearer to the right.
smug disillusioned and fooled working class peoples should ask themselves how the very real prospect of a Tory/UKIP coalition government next year will play in their standard of living and job prospects.
[quote][p][bold]Katie Re-Registered[/bold] wrote: Allo, allo...didn't take Mr Davies long to jump on the Ukip bandwagon, did it? If you're going to make political bedfellows out of the first battalion of advancing Ukip storm troopers you see it's usually the done thing to be a little more subtle about it - otherwise people will talk, dear.... Ps. We don't need affordable, cheapo, cardboard box housing; we need higher, decent wages that will close the ever-widening gap between the poor and the rich. When the majority of working class people start voting for an extreme left wing party then the establishment will start to get worried.[/p][/quote]Almost right, But I think you will find the majority of working class people are being fooled into voting for a party much nearer to the right. smug disillusioned and fooled working class peoples should ask themselves how the very real prospect of a Tory/UKIP coalition government next year will play in their standard of living and job prospects. topdog99
  • Score: 1

7:32pm Tue 27 May 14

scraptheWAG says...

Katie Re-Registered wrote:
Allo, allo...didn't take Mr Davies long to jump on the Ukip bandwagon, did it? If you're going to make political bedfellows out of the first battalion of advancing Ukip storm troopers you see it's usually the done thing to be a little more subtle about it - otherwise people will talk, dear....

Ps. We don't need affordable, cheapo, cardboard box housing; we need higher, decent wages that will close the ever-widening gap between the poor and the rich. When the majority of working class people start voting for an extreme left wing party then the establishment will start to get worried.
if we build huge amounts of houses prices will come down , when labour let 3 million people into the country it should of built 2 million new homes but did not.
[quote][p][bold]Katie Re-Registered[/bold] wrote: Allo, allo...didn't take Mr Davies long to jump on the Ukip bandwagon, did it? If you're going to make political bedfellows out of the first battalion of advancing Ukip storm troopers you see it's usually the done thing to be a little more subtle about it - otherwise people will talk, dear.... Ps. We don't need affordable, cheapo, cardboard box housing; we need higher, decent wages that will close the ever-widening gap between the poor and the rich. When the majority of working class people start voting for an extreme left wing party then the establishment will start to get worried.[/p][/quote]if we build huge amounts of houses prices will come down , when labour let 3 million people into the country it should of built 2 million new homes but did not. scraptheWAG
  • Score: -1

7:44pm Tue 27 May 14

Magor says...

Monmouthshire house prices are being driven up by immigrants from England,almost all of my neighbours are from over the bridge.
Monmouthshire house prices are being driven up by immigrants from England,almost all of my neighbours are from over the bridge. Magor
  • Score: 10

7:45pm Tue 27 May 14

irisheyes says...

Irrespective of political beliefs,surely it's time the government looked at stopping the "right to buy" scheme otherwise,those lucky enough to get social housing will be able to buy their house after 5 years while other people are on the housing waiting list for years and ending up renting through the private sector where landlords appear to be able to charge whatever rent they like.
Irrespective of political beliefs,surely it's time the government looked at stopping the "right to buy" scheme otherwise,those lucky enough to get social housing will be able to buy their house after 5 years while other people are on the housing waiting list for years and ending up renting through the private sector where landlords appear to be able to charge whatever rent they like. irisheyes
  • Score: 4

7:45pm Tue 27 May 14

arjwain says...

WELL NEVER SEEN THAT COMING ......
QUICK DESTROY MORE OPEN SPACES ,
RIP DOWN A FEW THOUSAND TREES
LETS MAKE BRITAIN OVER CROWDED LIKE THE PLACES THEY LEFT .
IDIOTS .
WELL NEVER SEEN THAT COMING ...... QUICK DESTROY MORE OPEN SPACES , RIP DOWN A FEW THOUSAND TREES LETS MAKE BRITAIN OVER CROWDED LIKE THE PLACES THEY LEFT . IDIOTS . arjwain
  • Score: 11

8:50pm Tue 27 May 14

Dave on his Soapbox says...

....this is typical of a Tory who has seemingly forgotten the legacy of Maggie Thatcher.....allowed people to buy their council houses at knock down prices and then blocked local authorities in reinvesting the funds in building replacement houses......then the banks allowed 5 x income based mortgages....and then the bubble burst.....

and while they talk hard over immigration....it helps their cronies to employ people a lower wages and push up demand for rented properties......and when for many in the less well off countries of Europe....the UK is growing quicker than elsewhere...so more from with in the Euro Zone are going to come here....while less here will be so quick to migrate....particula
rly when some countries like Spain are not doing so well....and places like Australia have a point based system to filter out undesirables .....
....this is typical of a Tory who has seemingly forgotten the legacy of Maggie Thatcher.....allowed people to buy their council houses at knock down prices and then blocked local authorities in reinvesting the funds in building replacement houses......then the banks allowed 5 x income based mortgages....and then the bubble burst..... and while they talk hard over immigration....it helps their cronies to employ people a lower wages and push up demand for rented properties......and when for many in the less well off countries of Europe....the UK is growing quicker than elsewhere...so more from with in the Euro Zone are going to come here....while less here will be so quick to migrate....particula rly when some countries like Spain are not doing so well....and places like Australia have a point based system to filter out undesirables ..... Dave on his Soapbox
  • Score: 4

9:07pm Tue 27 May 14

topdog99 says...

Blaming imigration and protest vote might seem cool but careful where you place it.
How will the very real prospect of a Tory/UKIP coalition government next year play in your standard of living, job prospects and housing?

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Blaming imigration and protest vote might seem cool but careful where you place it. How will the very real prospect of a Tory/UKIP coalition government next year play in your standard of living, job prospects and housing? https://scontent-b-l hr.xx.fbcdn.net/hpho tos-frc3/t1.0-9/1026 9485_773468012693114 _1380202766608500593 _n.png topdog99
  • Score: 0

9:24pm Tue 27 May 14

Llanmartinangel says...

KarloMarko wrote:
Well, Well, the boy Davis is trying on his best BNP outfit again...suits you Sir!

And with a vacancy coming up soon at the top as the gasping Griffin in dropped into the Thames by his grateful crew....

Some might say that pond life Tory MPs triple flipping their triple properties have more to answer for...
Steady on. Firstly it's daft pretending immigrants don't need accommodation. As for 'flipping properties' that wasn't the preserve of any single party as I recall. Remember Margaret Moran? Tory? Not.
[quote][p][bold]KarloMarko[/bold] wrote: Well, Well, the boy Davis is trying on his best BNP outfit again...suits you Sir! And with a vacancy coming up soon at the top as the gasping Griffin in dropped into the Thames by his grateful crew.... Some might say that pond life Tory MPs triple flipping their triple properties have more to answer for...[/p][/quote]Steady on. Firstly it's daft pretending immigrants don't need accommodation. As for 'flipping properties' that wasn't the preserve of any single party as I recall. Remember Margaret Moran? Tory? Not. Llanmartinangel
  • Score: 0

9:31pm Tue 27 May 14

topdog99 says...

David Davies is clearly one of those running scared and is jumping on the bandwagon however its a bandwagon that will do him no good because the protest I believe did not have the EU in the forefront of peoples thinking. I have criticised UKIP a lot, because I strongly dislike their Thatcherite economic stance, they obviously attract a hell of lot of bigoted people and they do tend to regularly sling the bigots out of the party when they get caught saying homophobic, racist or sexist things. It is absolutely extraordinary that this bunch of disgusting far-right extremists have people like David Davies trying to latch on to their momentum. I’m not a follower of Nick Clegg but I do admire his guts in confronting Ukip, problem is he also got in to bed with their cousins.
David Davies is clearly one of those running scared and is jumping on the bandwagon however its a bandwagon that will do him no good because the protest I believe did not have the EU in the forefront of peoples thinking. I have criticised UKIP a lot, because I strongly dislike their Thatcherite economic stance, they obviously attract a hell of lot of bigoted people and they do tend to regularly sling the bigots out of the party when they get caught saying homophobic, racist or sexist things. It is absolutely extraordinary that this bunch of disgusting far-right extremists have people like David Davies trying to latch on to their momentum. I’m not a follower of Nick Clegg but I do admire his guts in confronting Ukip, problem is he also got in to bed with their cousins. topdog99
  • Score: -3

10:06pm Tue 27 May 14

Woodgnome says...

Magor wrote:
Monmouthshire house prices are being driven up by immigrants from England,almost all of my neighbours are from over the bridge.
Errr - and the Welsh moving that way over the bridge to live/get a job?? Do they not count?
[quote][p][bold]Magor[/bold] wrote: Monmouthshire house prices are being driven up by immigrants from England,almost all of my neighbours are from over the bridge.[/p][/quote]Errr - and the Welsh moving that way over the bridge to live/get a job?? Do they not count? Woodgnome
  • Score: 1

10:15pm Tue 27 May 14

eezageeza says...

topdog99 wrote:
David Davies gives another totally unfounded remark, talk about jumping on the bandwagon and its no surprise that ukippers are just disgruntled Tories. The housing shortage is due to underfunding by this government and the lack of decent wages making housing unaffordable to most. You dont fool me Mr Davies and the the public wont be food by your friends Ukip. Ukip did well because the public wanted to give the other party’s a wake up and the LibDems a kicking-who betrayed their followers by getting into bed with the Tories. Make no mistake a Conservative/Ukip coalition is a real possibility DONT BE FOOLED
your shuh a ****
[quote][p][bold]topdog99[/bold] wrote: David Davies gives another totally unfounded remark, talk about jumping on the bandwagon and its no surprise that ukippers are just disgruntled Tories. The housing shortage is due to underfunding by this government and the lack of decent wages making housing unaffordable to most. You dont fool me Mr Davies and the the public wont be food by your friends Ukip. Ukip did well because the public wanted to give the other party’s a wake up and the LibDems a kicking-who betrayed their followers by getting into bed with the Tories. Make no mistake a Conservative/Ukip coalition is a real possibility DONT BE FOOLED[/p][/quote]your shuh a **** eezageeza
  • Score: -4

10:46pm Tue 27 May 14

landyman3030 says...

If there is such a shortage of housing then where do they get built?
It's all well and good remembering the harm that Thatcher did to this country by starting the rot in selling off the Family Jewels that was social housing. Allowing tenants to buy council houses at knock down reduced prices whilst not forcing councils to reinvest that money was wrong. So was selling off British Petroleum, British Gas, British Steel, British Telecom and many other utility companies.
It's also good to remember Messrs. Blair and Brown master plan that convinced everybody that they could have the million dollar lifestyle today whist paying for it tomorrow and the next day and the next day...and forever more. So was selling off the majority of the gold reserves when the price was at record lows and squandering a 20 billion pound windfall when the mobile phone network erupted.
So they've both mucked up big time with the housing market.
Now we have to deal with the mess.
The Tories want to change the planning laws allowing developers to build on green belt.
Where are we going to put hundreds of thousands of new build?
The south east of England runs out of water at the slightest drought because of increasing over development and population.
My brother in law moved out of London after 25 years because in his words it is to full.
When is enough enough. Close the door already. We are full.
If there is such a shortage of housing then where do they get built? It's all well and good remembering the harm that Thatcher did to this country by starting the rot in selling off the Family Jewels that was social housing. Allowing tenants to buy council houses at knock down reduced prices whilst not forcing councils to reinvest that money was wrong. So was selling off British Petroleum, British Gas, British Steel, British Telecom and many other utility companies. It's also good to remember Messrs. Blair and Brown master plan that convinced everybody that they could have the million dollar lifestyle today whist paying for it tomorrow and the next day and the next day...and forever more. So was selling off the majority of the gold reserves when the price was at record lows and squandering a 20 billion pound windfall when the mobile phone network erupted. So they've both mucked up big time with the housing market. Now we have to deal with the mess. The Tories want to change the planning laws allowing developers to build on green belt. Where are we going to put hundreds of thousands of new build? The south east of England runs out of water at the slightest drought because of increasing over development and population. My brother in law moved out of London after 25 years because in his words it is to full. When is enough enough. Close the door already. We are full. landyman3030
  • Score: 2

1:05pm Wed 28 May 14

Independentvoter says...

Hypocrite - David Davis boasted that he worked abroad on farms picking fruit - just like the immigrants do here !
Hypocrite - David Davis boasted that he worked abroad on farms picking fruit - just like the immigrants do here ! Independentvoter
  • Score: 5

1:40pm Wed 28 May 14

coalpicker says...

I am amazed that the Tony Blair project of force feeding multiculturalism to the British people, despite all the evidence of its destructive effects on our
infrastructure, is being defended in the comments on this article. With over six million immigrants ( that we know of ) in the country the reason that we have over two million unemployed ,mostly young people,is self evident,However the old adage of if you shout something loud enough long enough people will believe you.Clearly the EU election has proved that even in brain washed and inoculated labour wales the voters are beginning to question what their loyalty has cost them,I would submit
poverty and deprivation .
I am amazed that the Tony Blair project of force feeding multiculturalism to the British people, despite all the evidence of its destructive effects on our infrastructure, is being defended in the comments on this article. With over six million immigrants ( that we know of ) in the country the reason that we have over two million unemployed ,mostly young people,is self evident,However the old adage of if you shout something loud enough long enough people will believe you.Clearly the EU election has proved that even in brain washed and inoculated labour wales the voters are beginning to question what their loyalty has cost them,I would submit poverty and deprivation . coalpicker
  • Score: 0

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