Sajid Javid: Immigrants must learn English

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Migrants to the UK must learn English and "respect our way of life", Sajid Javid - the UK's first Asian secretary of state - has said in an interview.

The Culture Secretary told the Sunday Telegraph that voters had legitimate fears over "excessive" immigration.

Mr Javid, elected Conservative MP for Bromsgrove in 2010, criticised migrants who had lived in Britain for many years but still could not speak the language.

He also said there was no place for Sharia law in the English legal system.

'Laws and culture'

Mr Javid, the son of Pakistani immigrants, said: "People want Britain to have more control over its borders, and I think they are right.

"People also say, when immigrants do come to Britain, that they should come to work, and make a contribution and that they should also respect our way of life, and I agree with all of that. It means things like trying to learn English."

He added: "I know people myself, I have met people who have been in Britain for over 50 years and they still can't speak English.

"I think it's perfectly reasonable for British people to say 'look, if you're going to settle in Britain and make it your home you should learn the language of the country and you should respect its laws and its culture'."

Mr Javid spoke amid reports that Sharia courts have been established in cities such as London, Birmingham, Bradford and Manchester.

He said: "Where people want to have their own private arrangements between them, that is a matter for them. But there is no place for Sharia law in British law."

Mr Javid also expressed concern about allegations of a plot by Muslim radicals to "Islamise" state schools in Birmingham.

He went on to say that the "vast majority" of immigrants wanted to integrate with the rest of society in the UK.

'Not new'

Mr Javid is the first Asian male in the cabinet, after Baroness Warsi became the first Muslim female in her role as co-chairman of the Conservative Party.

Labour MP Keith Vaz, chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee, said Mr Javid's comments did not represent anything new.

Mr Vaz told BBC Radio 5 live: "It was a Labour government that introduced an English language test for those who wanted to get indefinite leave to enter the country.

"This is not new; it's just interesting because it's been said by the first Asian cabinet minister. Politicians have been saying this of all parties.

"Of course we want people to learn English, of course we want people who come into this country to respect our values. We're not suggesting otherwise."

Mr Javid's interview came a day after the Daily Mail reported that immigrants who could not speak English had been able to buy documents saying they had passed a language test.

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    13:18: Referendum campaign "free advert" for SNP BBC Radio 4

    Professor and psephologist John Curtice has told the World at One that the independence referendum proved to be a "two-year free advert" for the SNP's vision of Scotland.

    But he added that he SNP's vote is very sensitive and the "tide doesn't have to be reduced by much" for Labour to hang on to its seats. But there is a desperately short time for Labour to turn things around. For the latest of play on the SNP and Labour read this.

     
  94.  
    13:02: Miliband on minimum wage
    Ed Miliband

    Ed Miliband is taking questions from the public, including Labour Party members, in Redcar. He has just said Labour would look at increasing the minimum wage for young people - currently £3.50 an hour for 18 to 20-year-olds - but not by so much that it would "have an effect on young people's employment".

     
  95.  
    Coming up... BBC Radio 4

    The World at One coming up shortly on Radio 4. You can listen via our Live Coverage tab.

     
  96.  
    12:45: Green MEP on alliance Daily Politics Live on BBC Two
    Molly Scott Cato

    Molly Scott Cato, the Green MEP, says her party wants a politics that moves beyond austerity - hence support for a "progressive alliance" with the SNP and Plaid Cymru, which could hold the balance power after May's election.

    She says she doesn't know anyone in the party who wants Caroline Lucas to replace Natalie Bennett in the TV debates (if they happen) - both are excellent performers, she adds (bookmakers are offering odds of 2-1 that Lucas will represent the party in any debates).

    The MEP says the party's housing policy - which led to Natalie Bennett's famous "brain fade" in a live LBC radio interview - would cost £19.5bn over the next parliament. The party is "committed to the principle" of the citizen's incomes and will open the figures up for debate soon. She claimed earlier that there was a "great sense of sisterhood" among the Green Party's leaders.

     
  97.  
    12:35: Plaid Cymru leader Daily Politics Live on BBC Two
    Leanne Wood

    Leanne Wood, Plaid Cymru's leader, admits her party has "some way to go" before Wales has a referendum on independence - "we've got a challenge", she tells Andrew Neil. But she says there is no doubt there is increasing support for more powers.

    Ms Wood, speaking from her party's spring conference in Caernarfon, says she would not prop up a Conservative government after the election. From Labour, she would want a end to "the politics of austerity" and a new devolution deal for Wales. Follow the party's conference here.

     
  98.  
    12:32: English nationalism Daily Politics Live on BBC Two
    Robin Tilbrook

    English nationalism is always seen as something negative, unlike Scottish and Welsh nationalisms, says Julia Hartley-Brewer. The panel are discussing the role of the English Democrats with the party's leader Robin Tilbrook, who says he wants England as a single, independent nation - not broken up into constituent parts, but standing alone.

     
  99.  
    @George_Osborne George Osborne

    tweets: 1 month until biggest reforms to pensions in a century come in. Your money, your choice #pensionfreedoms

     
  100.  
    12:30: 'Can't go preaching' on defence Daily Politics Live on BBC Two

    We can't "go around preaching" to other NATO countries that they should spend 2% of their GDP on defence and not do it ourselves, says Bob Stewart. But he says he won't resign from the Conservative Party on the issue. Journalist Yasmin Alibhai-Brown suggests the UK needs a "different kind" of defence.

     

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