Robert Goodwill named as new Minister of State for immigration

Robert Goodwill MP was yesterday night named as the new Minister of State for immigration in the Home Office. He succeeds James Brokenshire, who has been appointed as the Northern Ireland secretary.

Goodwill is a farmer by trade and has been the Member of Parliament for Scarborough and Whitby since 2005. He had previously been a Member of the European Parliament.

He describes himself as a “staunch Eurosceptic”, but backed Remain in the EU referendum saying Britain is stronger, safer and better off in Europe and that leaving was fraught with risk.

You can read a short piece with Goodwill’s views on immigration on his website here.

In the March 2015 article, he backed the Government crack down on illegal immigration and the aim to reduce net migration.

“As part of our successful long-term economic plan, we are building an efficient and effective immigration system that puts Britain first by clamping down on abuses of the system, making sure the right people are coming here for the right reasons and ensuring the British people get a fair deal,” he wrote.

In an article from January on Holocaust Memorial Day here, Goodwill encouraged all constituents to mark the day and to “join members of my community in the fight against prejudice and intolerance.