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May 21, 2015 2 Comments By Patrick Worrall

David Cameron has announced a package of new measures designed to “control and reduce immigration”, to be unveiled in the new government’s first Queen’s Speech.

The Prime Minister’s speech came on the same day that official migration statistics show the Conservatives are still failing in their ambition of cutting net migration to the tens of thousands.

A bold new policy – or a distraction from the bad news? Let’s take a look.

“Uncontrolled immigration means too many people entering the UK legally but staying illegally.”

The Prime Minister obviously thinks this is a big problem, but the Home Office actually says it doesn’t have any statistics on how many of these people are living in Britain.

John Vine, the last independent chief inspector of borders and immigration, found that the department did have some figures relating to immigrants who stay too long, but could not provide him with complete data.

In his last report in 2014, the outgoing inspector noted that over-stayers who fail to report to the Home Office are supposed to be recorded as “absconders” and their details should ultimately be passed on to police and immigration enforcement officers.

But staff told the watchdog that this was not happening in practice, and there was a backlog of around 10,000 over-stayers in London alone who had not been classed as absconding from immigration control. (more…)

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May 19, 2015 13 Comments By Patrick Worrall

Voices from the left and right are calling for a move to Proportional Representation. What difference would it really make?

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May 18, 2015 3 Comments By Patrick Worrall

Could Labour and their union backers be on collision course as the party chooses a new leader? Could Len McCluskey bankrupt Labour?

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May 15, 2015 3 Comments By Patrick Worrall

Did Kim Jong-un really execute a minister with an anti-aircraft gun? How do we separate fact from fiction with a secretive state like North Korea?

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May 14, 2015 2 Comments By Patrick Worrall

Eurosceptics are rejoicing at the prospect of finally getting an in/out referendum. But current polling suggests the vote might not go their way.

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May 8, 2015 120 Comments By Patrick Worrall

Small parties are likely to feel short-changed after getting millions of votes but very few seats in parliament. Do we need a different system?

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April 30, 2015 7 Comments By Patrick Worrall

The Sun is backing the SNP in Scotland. Does Britain’s biggest-selling paper still have the power to win elections… if it ever did?

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April 28, 2015 8 Comments By Patrick Worrall

Is Britain heading for a weak Labour government propped up the SNP, a party that wants to destroy the UK? Here’s the what the experts think…

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