Iain Duncan Smith calls for Moroccan government to act over investment scam

17th January 2018

Iain Duncan Smith raises the case of a constituent who lost money investing in a golf resort apparently backed by the Government of Morocco and calls on the Morroccan government to act.

Mr Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford and Woodford Green) (Con)

I congratulate the right hon. Gentleman on securing this Adjournment debate, which I fully support. My constituent is in exactly the same position as his constituents are, and I have written to the ambassador. I agree that the Moroccan Government have to stop hiding and pretending that they are working behind the scenes. Clearly, nothing is happening and individuals who invested for good reasons, and good reasons alone, are being let down.

I thank the right hon. Gentleman very much for that intervention, which highlights the fact that there are issues on which he and I agree, albeit not many. There is agreement across the House that our Government should have a role in trying to resolve this issue, although I accept that that role is limited.

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Freedom of Movement post Brexit by Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith MP

March 2018


This paper sets out proposals to revise the immigration system and additionally in the annexe it makes the point that more information is required to fully understand the nature of where the costs fall and benefits exist. The information on much, if not all, of this is held by the government.
The central objective should be to ensure control over the movement of people. Using a combination of work permits and a cap we would look to control access to work and rights to settlement. Free movement for EU citizens for other purposes should be preserved.