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October 21, 2014 No Comments By Patrick Worrall

Britain has a relatively large immigrant population

In 2013, 7.8 million people or 12.4 per cent of UK residents were born abroad, up from 8.9 per cent in 2004. Some 4.9 million or 7.8 per cent had non-British nationality, compared to 5 per cent in 2004.

Britain has a higher proportion of non-nationals than most European countries. But 10 EU states including Germany, Spain, Austria and Ireland have higher percentages: (graph: Eurostat)

21 eurostat FactCheck: the truth about immigration

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October 17, 2014 2 Comments By Patrick Worrall

Ministers are talking about reviving the ancient laws of treason to deal with jihadis. What is treason and should it make a comeback?

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October 16, 2014 6 Comments By Patrick Worrall

There are rumblings of a big announcement from David Cameron on EU immigration. But he may have little room for manoeuvre.

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October 15, 2014 19 Comments By Patrick Worrall

MPs have backed a motion calling for the UK to recognise Palestine. What would it mean and are we behind the curve?

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October 7, 2014 6 Comments By Patrick Worrall

Britain’s strange electoral system means the second most popular party can still win a general election.

Category: Conservatives, David Cameron, Labour
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October 4, 2014 6 Comments By Patrick Worrall

Nice has recommended a new drug for high-risk drinkers. How much are you drinking and should you be worried?

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September 30, 2014 9 Comments By Patrick Worrall

Iain Duncan Smith wants to see benefits loaded onto cards to stop claimants spending cash on drugs and booze. How big is the problem?

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September 29, 2014 4 Comments By Patrick Worrall

Britain’s economy is a world-beating powerhouse, according to the chancellor. Are we really outpacing every major advanced economy on the planet?

Category: Conservatives, Economy, Ed Balls, FactCheck, George Osborne, Labour
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September 26, 2014 3 Comments By Patrick Worrall

British pilots could be in action over Iraq again soon. Is the legal case for military action stronger than the last time around?

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September 19, 2014 4 Comments By Patrick Worrall

So Scotland is to stay part of the UK, Gordon Brown is at the centre of a new deal and Alex Salmond has resigned as Scotland’s first minister. What actually happens next?

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