Ed Miliband has admitted that his party's policy of allowing free migration from EU accession countries including Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic has had an adverse affect on British construction workers.
The Labour leader said that while immigration has been a positive influence on the UK, his party failed to address the negative aspects of allowing a large number of foreign workers into the UK.
"Overall, immigration has benefits, but the thing we did not talk about was its relevance to class, and the issue of where the benefits and burdens lie," he told the Guardian.
"If you need a builder, it is good that there are more coming into the country and lowering the price of construction, but if you are a British builder it is less beneficial."
In response, Mr Miliband promised policy changes including making medium and large employers declare when more than a quarter of their workforce is foreign.
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