HOME Secretary Theresa May has been criticised by her former colleague David Willetts for using ‘unreliable’ statistics to call for tougher restrictions on students coming to Britain.
The ex-universities minister, who resigned as MP for Havant before the last general election, took aim at Mrs May’s suggestion that 96,000 more students were arriving in the country each year than were leaving.
The Home Office is believed to be considering making places on courses conditional on people demonstrating they have significant independent financial means.
But Mr Willetts – who left government last year and is soon to join the House of Lords – said the figure was ‘not a solid basis for policy’.
He told Radio 4’s Today programme that in some cases people were recorded as students when they arrived but classed as workers when they left.
Mr Willetts added: ‘My view is that the vast majority do leave’.