The admission by Andy Burnham that mass low skilled immigration "has made life harder for people in our poorest communities, where wages have been undercut and job security lost." is a welcome recognition of the blindingly obvious.
UKIP employment spokeswoman Jane Collins MEP said Mr Burnham's words were "the desperate attempts of a man who has ignored the plight of the working classes due to mass immigration for years."
"It can hardly come as a surprise to Mr Burnham that uncontrolled immigration, which he and his party support, has led to wage compression particularly amongst the lower paid.
"If he really wants to help people then he'd be better off campaigning for Brexit where we could control immigration with an Australian style points system than telling scare stories about job losses should we regain our independence.
"The only jobs which would be lost are MEPs and big business lobbyists and I'd be delighted to be the turkey voting for Christmas to make life better for people in this country.
"The facts show that it's the EU causing job losses by making this country uncompetitive which the job losses at Redcar this week are the latest sad illustration, following Tata steel and the closure of two power stations."