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Delegate views: Immigration
The Lib Dems are proposing a "selective" amnesty for illegal immigrants who have been in the UK for 10 years or more, and can speak English and have no criminal convictions. Delegates at the UK's third largest party's annual conference give their views:

ANN MOORE, BEXHILL AND BATTLE, EAST SUSSEX

Ann Moore

I was happy with the ideas [home affairs spokesman] Nick Clegg suggested. They show a focused approach.

It's in sharp contrast with the cynical approach of the current government.

Without some new plans, the door is open to exploitation of immigrants by criminals and gangmasters, which is a complete outrage.

There is also resentment from British people who feel their pay is being forced down.

This at least addresses these concerns.

DAVE HORSLEY, BEVERLEY, EAST YORKSHIRE

Dave Horsley

Nick Clegg's idea is very sensible. We need a plan that tries to end the exploitation of immigrants.

There are many immigrants who wish to report a crime but daren't in case they are found out.

Offering people the chance to become legal residents is a strong incentive to be good citizens.

I can see that it might be a problem if the right-wing press reports this story in its own way but as the first party to do something about the issue, I hope we would at least get some publicity for the policy.

ANNE CROOK, CHINGFORD, ESSEX

Anne Crook

I really think we need more thought about this.

Immigration is a big issue and I don't think this is the absolute solution, but I can see where it's coming from.

The problem is that people don't feel able to discuss immigration. It's become a no-go area.

Whenever someone mentions the word, people think they are racist.

All the parties have to discuss immigration. Hopefully these ideas will prompt more openness.

MARK HUNTER, CHEADLE, CHESHIRE

Mark Hunter

I'm completely happy with the proposals. It's time for some fresh thinking on the issue.

The fact is that there is a problem. What we need to work on is a solution.

I think Nick's ideas would work in practice.

The party deserves a lot of credit for actually coming up with some new ideas on immigration.

LESLIE DUBOW, NORTH LONDON

Leslie Dubow

I think Nick Clegg's plan is plain common sense. The issue is not going to go away if you don't talk about it.

There are thousands of illegal immigrants and there's no way we are just going to get rid of them.

This plan is about being realistic. It may seem optimistic to think people will sign up, but immigrants must know that if they want to take their place in British society there is a price to pay for it.

I'm an integrationist and I believe the only way to deal with the immigration problem is to integrate the long-term settlers in the UK.

We have to deal with issues like language and get to grips with the difficulties we are facing.

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