North West Norfolk MP Sir Henry Bellingham has said that a vote to leave the EU could help protect the great British curry house.
Sir Henry said this week that he is visiting the Bombay Dreams restaurant in Railway Way Road, Lynn, as part of his support for the Leave campaign.
There he will hold discussions with proprietor Mohammad Asaduzzaman about the issue he and many others face when trying to recruit Bangladeshi chefs.
Sir Henry said: “I have been contacted by a number of restaurants in the town who have been having a nightmare time securing visas for Bangladeshi chefs who have the knowledge and experience to help make a success of these local restaurants.
“The Home Office have said that they must recruit local people but the facts are that there are no locals available.
“This really is not a question of taking jobs away from local people because there is no local pool of Bangladeshi or Indian chefs available.”
The Conservative MP went on to say that this is a truly glaring example of why we should move to an Australian-style points system, as advocated by Leave campaigners, which would mean that UK businesses would be able to fill key vacancies, when there is not locally trained talent available.
National reports on the subject last week said that the shortage of Bangladeshi chefs for restaurants in this country had led to the recruitment of Romanians – with mixed results.
Meanwhile, North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb, has warned that an exit from the EU could put local beauty spots such as Dersingham Bog and the Ouse Washes at risk.
The Liberal Democrat, said: “Being in Europe means strong, stable protections for our natural environment, both at home and abroad.
“These protect Norfolk’s distinct landscapes from over-development and have supported the recovery of some of our most treasured wildlife..
“European agreements have also helped tackle international problems such as acid rain and pollution in our rivers and seas.
“Leave campaigners have made no secret of their desire to water down these vital environmental protections. We must not let them throw away all the progress that has been made in protecting our shared nature and wildlife.”
The RSPB and WWF yesterday came together to say that Britain’s environment is safer in Europe.
The EU’s nature conservation laws give special status to areas such as the North Norfolk Coast, the Norfolk Broads and the Ouse Washes, protecting them from over-development.
More than 1,000 threatened species are protected by EU environmental legislation, in East Anglia these include red squirrels, seals and otters.
Some of Britain’s most endangered birds, including the Hen Harrier which has been spotted in recent years in Eastern England, also benefit from strong EU protections that apply right across Europe.
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