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February 26, 2015 No Comments By Patrick Worrall

26 romanian g FactCheck Q&A: the final word on the immigration target

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We saw the latest official statistics on immigration. This is the last batch we will get before the election and it’s not good news for David Cameron.

The Office for National Statistics said net migration – that’s people coming in minus people leaving the country – was 298,000 in the year ending September 2014, up from 21,000 in the previous 12 months.

Outlining the government’s new immigration policy in 2011, David Cameron said: “I believe that will mean net migration to this country will be in the order of tens of thousands each year, not the hundreds of thousands every year that we have seen over the last decade.”

The phrase “no ifs, no buts” is sometimes thrown back at the prime minister in relation to this speech, although to be strictly accurate, he didn’t say: “No ifs, no buts – net migration below 100,000.”

He said: “Borders will be under control and immigration will be at levels our country can manage. No ifs. No buts.”

Nevertheless, net migration is clearly still in the order of hundreds of thousands, and today’s news is being reported as a humiliating failure for the Conservatives (the Lib Dems never endorsed it). (more…)

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February 24, 2015 7 Comments By Patrick Worrall

The Greens had a nightmare start to their election campaign today as leader Natalie Bennett fluffed her facts and figures. Is there any substance to Green policies?

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February 23, 2015 14 Comments By Patrick Worrall

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February 19, 2015 7 Comments By Patrick Worrall

Pro-Russian separatists have been accused of breaching Ukraine’s fragile ceasefire. But Moscow says they have done nothing wrong. Who’s right?

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February 18, 2015 5 Comments By Patrick Worrall

Chelsea fans have been filmed abusing a black man on the Paris Metro. An isolated incident – or proof that racism is still alive and well in English football?

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February 17, 2015 4 Comments By Patrick Worrall

Does this government deal with tax dodgers as robustly as benefits cheats? FactCheck finds out.

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February 11, 2015 5 Comments By Patrick Worrall

David Cameron says his government has done more than any other to crack down on tax dodgers. But where’s the proof?

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February 5, 2015 5 Comments By Patrick Worrall

Tony Blair’s reputation lies in the hands of the Chilcot Inquiry. What will it say about the man who took Britain to war in 2003?

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February 3, 2015 9 Comments By Patrick Worrall

Have we really lost the equivalent of nine police forces since 2010? And can crime really be falling at the same time? FactCheck investigates

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