Labour MP calls on party leaders to discuss immigration

Keith Vaz has called for a new consensus on immigration. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Archive/Press Association Images

An influential MP has called for David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband to formulate a joint policy on immigration to avoid "fringe parties" filling a vacuum.

Keith Vaz, the chair of the home affairs committee, said cross-party talks were needed to avoid an “arms race” towards tougher policies.

In an article for the Sunday Express, Vaz wrote: “Rather as they did for the Royal Charter agreement after Leveson, Messrs Cameron, Clegg and Miliband should now sit down together and talk about this issue.

“By doing this they will deny fringe parties the opportunity to fill the vacuum and demonstrate to the British people they want to engage purposefully and productively in addressing one the most challenging issues that our nation faces.”