Immigration

David Cameron Speaks At The Conservative Party General Election Rally

Tories convinced ‘moment of maximum danger’ has passed

5 April 2015 12:45

On Thursday night, David Cameron didn’t eviscerate the competition. But nor did he suffer any damage and that, to Tory high command, meant that it was job done. The Tory… Continue reading

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The media and political elite need to stop treating the electorate like dogs

2 April 2015 15:41

There are many grating phrases in modern British politics. ‘Best practice.’ ‘Fit for purpose.’ ‘Let me explain’ (just bloody well explain!). And that tendency of Labour politicians to preface pretty… Continue reading

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The confusion of Ukip’s immigration policy

31 March 2015 17:09

Immigration is a pretty important driver for voters who turn to Ukip. So you would have imagined that the party might have spent a while really making sure that its… Continue reading

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Does David Cameron’s new jobs plan mean recruiting a million more immigrants?

31 March 2015 8:50

The Conservatives have offered a rather peculiar new pledge: another two million jobs. They are right to focus on their record job creation, as I outlined in my Spectator cover… Continue reading

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Labour's 'Pledge 4 Mug', available now on their online shop.

Labour’s most shameful mug? It has to be Diane Abbott

30 March 2015 16:30

This is an extract from Hugo Rifkind’s column in the next issue of The Spectator, out on Thursday: The Labour party has put its five core election pledges on mugs.… Continue reading

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Ukip Leader Nigel Farage Fails To Turn Up At Rally

Convince a generation that Ukip resemble the Nazis and you can make them do anything

26 March 2015 11:22

There was something genuinely frightening about the disturbance aimed at Nigel Farage and his family this weekend; what’s scary is that there seem to be so many people in our… Continue reading

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Boris Johnson Stand For Selection As An MP

The Boris approach

21 March 2015 11:46

It is sometimes easy to forget that Boris is more than just a personality, that he has policy views too. In interviews with The Mail and The Times this morning,… Continue reading

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Will Gordon Brown’s critics finally admit he was right about al-Qaeda’s ‘major terrorist plot’?

9 March 2015 13:48

There are not many things to celebrate about Gordon Brown’s time in office. He was a vilified leader; often quite rightly so. His Home Secretary, Jacqui Smith, did not fare… Continue reading

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Never mind Ukip’s immigration policy, Britain has an emigration problem

5 March 2015 10:50

Ukip has unveiled its new Aussie-style immigration policy, just a week after the latest bad immigration news for the government. The news was bad only in a sense, as high immigration… Continue reading

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Ukip dumps its 50,000 immigration target – could this help the Tories?

4 March 2015 8:42

It was a bit rich of George Osborne to tease Nigel Farage for ‘a novel approach to policymaking’ for dumping Ukip’s previous commitment to a 50,000 cap on the number… Continue reading

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Can the Tories really make another net migration target?

3 March 2015 8:54

Why is Theresa May doggedly sticking to the Tory net migration target, even when it has failed so badly in this Parliament? Her Tory colleagues might be asking why she’s… Continue reading

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Immigration threatens to overshadow Tory housing week

2 March 2015 8:42

It’s supposed to be the Tory housing week, with David Cameron setting out plans to double the number of discounted starter homes to 200,000. It’s an important, salient issue to… Continue reading

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UKIP Spring Conference

Steven Woolfe tells us what Ukip doesn’t believe about immigration

27 February 2015 13:23

You might think that Ukip’s immigration spokesman Steven Woolfe had the easiest portfolio in the party. After all, as the ComRes/ITV poll showed yesterday, Ukip is already the most trusted… Continue reading

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The footprint of Britain’s immigrants – and emigrants – is important

26 February 2015 14:46

Half a million people. That’s quite a lot, isn’t it? I mean, half a million here, half a million there, why, soon you’re talking a million, which is even more… Continue reading

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Ukip is the most trusted party on controlling immigration

26 February 2015 14:17

Which party does the public trust the most to control immigration? ComRes/ITV News have released a new poll revealing it’s not the Conservatives — unsurprisingly given today’s figures. 36 per cent trust… Continue reading

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Last year, employment rose faster in Yorkshire than in France (Photo: Getty)

How Cameron’s jobs miracle ate his immigration target

26 February 2015 13:06

The embarrassing truth is that David Cameron did not think carefully about this pledge to take net immigration into the ‘tens of thousands’. The pledge originated in a Thick-of-It style… Continue reading

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New figures show Cameron’s net migration target in tatters

26 February 2015 9:54

Today’s news that lots of people want to come and work in a free, welcoming country with many opportunities and a growing economy is actually very bad news. Not for… Continue reading

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Douglas Carswell speaking at a British Future event in Westminster this evening.

Douglas Carswell vs Nigel Farage (again) — but are these real disagreements?

24 February 2015 22:03

Is Douglas Carswell happily at home in Ukip? The Clacton MP’s latest policy intervention, this time on immigration, adds to the sense that his beliefs differ somewhat from his party and… Continue reading

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French secularism is starting to feel the strain

23 January 2015 12:28

France is to institute something called a National Secularity Day, which will happen on 9th December every year, when French schools will remind pupils how to sing the national anthem,… Continue reading

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Prime Minister David Cameron Delivers A Speech On Immigration

Tories drop weak policy areas for ‘six election priorities’ launch

12 January 2015 8:24

Why have the Conservatives left out immigration and the NHS – two of the three issues that voters consistently cite as the most important in forming their decision about who… Continue reading

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Islam had nothing to do with this (and other fibs you’re likely to hear)

11 January 2015 19:58

I don’t always agree with Peter Hitchens but this is by far the best piece I’ve seen on the political reaction to the Paris attacks. As far as Cameron, Miliband… Continue reading

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The ideal Christmas present for the xenophobe in your life

15 December 2014 12:44

Stuck with gift ideas for that slightly xenophobic, older family member this Christmas? Then look no further than the Ukip website. They are currently auctioning off a painting of their… Continue reading

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Will Labour take on Ukip over immigration?

Four things we’ve learnt from the leaked Labour/Ukip paper

15 December 2014 10:49

How will Labour respond to the threat from Ukip? Thanks to today’s scoop by the Telegraph’s Ben Riley-Smith, we now know. A leaked internal memo (pdf here) singles out immigration as the biggest… Continue reading

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Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage are pursuing the same electoral strategy

8 December 2014 17:15

What is the reasoning behind Nigel Farage’s recent spate of apparent gaffes? Following his breastfeeding comments last week, the Ukip leader blamed his lateness to an event in Wales on… Continue reading

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Prime Minister David Cameron Delivers A Speech On Immigration

No 10: EU leaders are on PM’s side after Polish minister criticises immigration plans

2 December 2014 13:43

The European response to David Cameron’s immigration speech last week was pretty positive, but at some point between now and the formal renegotiation, someone was going to chuck a fly… Continue reading

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