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Ed Miliband calls on immigrants to learn to speak English

By Crawley News  |  Posted: April 30, 2013

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Ed Miliband has paid a flying visit to Crawley - and told a crowd of supporters and curious shoppers that if immigrants come to Britian they should learn to speak English.

The Labour leader also admitted that the previous Labour government had made mistakes when it came to immigration.

While standing on a wooden pallet he told a crowd in Queens Square: “We did not get it right on immigration in the past.

“If you come to this country, you should learn English.”

The comment was met with applause by the crowd.

Mr Miliband had been due to arrive in the town at 9.45am but turned up half an hour late.

While in the town centre he also answered questions on issues including state snooping and privatisation, before leaving at about 11.45.

The visit was to drum up support for his party ahead of this week's county council elections.

*For a full report on Ed Miliband's visit get hold of a copy of tomorrow's Crawley News.

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