Ms Long Bailey marked out her pitch with a call for an open immigration system – perhaps even a continuation of free movement after Brexit – calling that “the million dollar question”.
People were “under the impression” that their wages were hit by an “influx of so-called migrants, but she said: “That just isn’t the case.
“I have not seen any economic evidence to suggest that the influx of workers from any country across the world at the moment has depressed wages in any way.”
The majority of NHS staff in England are British – but a substantial minority are not. Around 153,000 out of 1.2 million staff report a non-British nationality. This is 13.1% of all staff for whom a nationality is known, or just over one in eight. Between them, these staff hold 200 different non-British nationalities. Around 65,000 are nationals of other EU countries – 5.5% of NHS staff in England. Around 52,000 staff are Asian nationals.
How much would we have to increase wages by to gain 13% more British born and trained nurses?