The deputy leader of the party said the approach was being looked into but was not yet ready to form part of a manifesto.
Speaking on BBC One’s The Andrew Marr Show, the West Bromwich East MP insisted Labour’s immigration policy was in its early stages and attempted to address whether he thought numbers needed to be higher or lower.
He said: “London requires more liberal immigration policies but there are other parts of the country where immigration may be putting pressure on public services like schools and hospitals.
Tom Watson said the Labour Party could implement a region-specific immigration policy
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London requires more liberal immigration policies but there are other parts of the country where immigration may be putting pressure on public services
“And that’s why I think that when we come out of the European Union, we can have an immigration policy that maybe addresses both those issues.”
Marr asked if he was referring to tailor-made policies according to different regions of the UK.
Mr Watson replied: “These are nascent ideas, we’re not ready to make them robust in a manifesto yet but they’re certainly the debate that is going on in the Labour Party right now and in wider circles.”
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Tom Watson insisted immigration policy plans were in their early stages
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However, the MP’s appearance on the show was met with criticism after he appeared to imitate Donald Trump’s “make America great again” slogan in an attempt to drum up support for his party.
The comments came after Marr said Labour voters were turning to Ukip because of Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership.
He said: "I would reject the notion that the Labour Party is not a patriotic party. We are very proud of our country and we are very proud of singing the national anthem.
"I hope that people know that the Labour party is the party of aspirations. We offer hope and opportunity.
“We need to convince people that we want this country to be great again, that if you live and work hard that you can eventually own your own home or rent your home at an affordable price, have a job that is satisfying and have a dignified retirement.”
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