Immigration

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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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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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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 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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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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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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Tories to shut up about immigration and talk about the economy instead

30 November 2014 11:23

There is a simple political test for the autumn statement, does it make the economy Topic A again? The Tories’ election strategy relies on the economy being the dominant issue… Continue reading

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Enraged euro-rebels threaten trouble after Cameron’s immigration speech fails to satisfy

28 November 2014 14:02

One of the aims of David Cameron’s big immigration speech was to settle the issue with his backbenchers before returning to talk about the economy. Based on conversations I’ve had… Continue reading

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Podcast special: David Cameron’s ‘game changing’ immigration speech

28 November 2014 13:40

Was David Cameron’s appeal to the voters of Britain and EU leaders on immigration successful? James Forsyth, Isabel Hardman and myself discuss his ‘game changing’ speech on immigration this morning in… Continue reading

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David Cameron’s immigration speech in five points

28 November 2014 10:39

David Cameron has just finished delivering his ‘game changing’ immigration speech. A lot of it was a narration of why immigration had made Britain the country it is, but why some… Continue reading

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David Cameron’s immigration speech: full text

28 November 2014 10:33

Today I want to talk about immigration. Just as this government has a long term plan for where we are taking our country so within that we have a long-term… Continue reading

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Will Cameron please his backbenchers and EU leaders with his immigration speech?

28 November 2014 9:21

If David Cameron’s speech today is more about backbench management than it is about his desperate desire to talk about immigration, then he needs to make sure that what he… Continue reading

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Cameron to demand migrant benefit curbs in ‘game-changing’ immigration speech

27 November 2014 22:41

David Cameron will make his ‘game-changer’ speech on immigration tomorrow in which he is expected to say that the UK will leave the EU if it does not secure reforms… Continue reading

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Net migration target fails as Cameron prepares to make more immigration pledges

27 November 2014 11:57

We are still waiting for David Cameron’s immigration speech, expected ‘this week’. The Conservatives tried to get their apology in early for failing to meet their target to get net… Continue reading

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The British jobs miracle is making a mockery of David Cameron’s migration target

27 November 2014 11:03

Now we know why the Home Secretary did not commit the ‘tens of thousands’ immigration pledge rashly made by David Cameron in opposition. Britain is midway through a job creation… Continue reading

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When do the children of migrants become British?

26 November 2014 17:18

When do the descendants of immigrants go from being migrants to being natives? That’s the question raised by a MigrationWatch UK study which says that the impact of immigration on the… Continue reading

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