Response to 2001 Census figures…

February 13, 2003

The following comment was issued to the media on February 13, 2003 in respect of the results of the 2001 Census.

'These figures illustrate just how quickly and profoundly the character of some parts of our cities is changing. Indeed the changes will accelerate as the current record levels of immigration work through.

As a nation it is important we are comfortable with the pace and nature of fundamental changes to our society. Our recent MORI Poll revealed that 57% of our population are concerned that Britain is losing its own culture. The census figures should stimulate an open and honest debate about this highly sensitive issue. We can no longer pretend that it is not happening...'

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