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Nigel Farage appears to dump cap on migrants with 'ethical' policy pledge

Ukip leader promises Australian-style points system allowing skilled migrants to come to UK but ‘shifts emphasis’ away from 50,000 cap on new arrivals Nigel Farage set out his vision for an “ethical” immigration policy on Wednesday, but there was confusion about whether he had ditched a 50,000 cap on new arrivals to the UK and how Ukip would decide who was allowed to work in Britain.Launch

Holyrood backs Scottish identity database

MSPs narrowly vote in favour of plans, which have been criticised by civil liberties campaignersMSPs narrowly voted on Wednesday evening in favour of Scottish government plans for a new identity database.In a close Holyrood vote, proposals by the Scottish Liberal Democrat leader, Willie Rennie, to treat the proposals as primary legislation, thus subjecting them to full parliamentary scruti

Cameron and Miliband at PMQs: Politics Live blog

Rolling coverage of all the day’s political developments as they happen, including David Cameron and Ed Miliband at PMQs, Nigel Farage’s immigration speech and George Osborne’s Today interview*Nigel Farage’s morning interviews - Summary*George Osborne’s Today interview - Summary*My PMQs verdict*Lunchtime summary*Afternoon summary 4.04pm GMT 3.43pm GMT Yvette Cooper, the shad

We have kept our promises, David Cameron insists, repeatedly

Prime minister grilled by Ed Miliband on immigration and leaders’ TV debates and counters challenge with talk of the economy and winter fuel allowance “Does the prime minister think that prime minister’s questions might be damaging parliament’s reputation?” asked Lib Dem David Ward. It sounded as if this might be a philosophical question on how much harm damaging something that is already da

Plebgate PC wins £80k damages in Andrew Mitchell libel action

Ruling marks end of two-year battle for officer accused of lying by Tory MP over incident at Downing Street gatesMP and former chief whip Andrew Mitchell has paid £80,000 in libel damages to the police officer he called a “fucking pleb” during an altercation at the gates of Downing Street.It marks the end of a two-year battle for PC Toby Rowland, who was accused of lying by the Conservativ

Election 2015: support for Ukip among Gen Y voters doubles in a year

Think younger voters don’t like Nigel Farage? Think again – Ukip is polling nearly as well as the Green party and is almost level with the Lib DemsSupport for the Conservatives among younger voters born after 1980 dropped by a fifth last year, according to polling data provided to the Guardian by Ipsos Mori.However, the principal beneficiary of the fall in Tory support has not been Labour

Complaints to solicitors' regulator over libel demands from Galloway's lawyers

Legal row erupts as Respect MP’s lawyers issue compensation demands for alleged defamation on Twitter for accusations of antisemitismComplaints have been sent to the Solicitors Regulation Authority by Twitter users who have received £6,000 libel demands from solicitors working for the MP George Galloway.The bitter legal dispute, which has erupted over accusations of antisemitism, has becom

Scottish councils pile up record debt

Labour attacks Scottish government for forcing authorities to borrow to offset cuts to funding from Holyrood Continue reading...

Tony Blair donates £1,000 to each Labour candidate in target seats

Former prime minister, who has been ambivalent about his support for Ed Miliband, says general election will be won in 106 ‘battleground’ constituencies Continue reading...

SNP set for 56 of 59 Scottish seats in general election, poll suggests

Polling by Lord Ashcroft indicates that Charles Kennedy could be on the casualty list and Gordon Brown’s seat could fall Continue reading...

Meet me 'any time, any place, anywhere' Ed Miliband challenges David Cameron

Labour leader accuses prime minister of making excuses to avoid TV leaders’ debates and says public deserve to see discussion Continue reading...

Labour accuses David Cameron of trying to sink TV debates

Prime minister refuses to commit to two-way debate with Ed Miliband as Labour reveals Tories missed meeting with broadcaster Continue reading...

Ed Miliband grills PM over missed immigration targets - video

David Cameron and Ed Miliband discuss immigration and the upcoming TV debates in Prime Ministers Questions on Wednesday. The Labour leader says that Cameron's record on immigration shows that voters cannot trust him on anything. Challenging Cameron at PMQs to admit that he had failed to meet his promise to cut net migration below 100,000 Continue reading...

Nigel Farage: Ukip will bring immigration levels 'back to normal' – video

Ukip leader Nigel Farage says he wants to bring immigration levels in Britain 'back to normal'. In a speech in London on Wednesday, Farage he called for an Australian-style points system. Speaking before the speech, Farage says he wants to bring immigration levels down to those of 1950 to 2000, which he says were 20,000 to 50,000 Continue reading...

George Osborne beats ECB in clearing house ruling

European court rules that they should not be forced to move from London to the eurozone in a victory for the chancellor Continue reading...

Nigel Farage drops Ukip's 50,000 cap on immigration

Ukip leader makes u-turn on day of flagship speech but says ban on unskilled immigrants would stay Continue reading...

Farage to propose new immigration watchdog and five-year ban on unskilled migrants

Ukip leader to set out his party’s policies on immigration days after David Cameron failed to meet targets Continue reading...

Cameron: professionals should face consequences for failures over child abuse - video

David Cameron says on Tuesday, that there need to be consequences where professionals have failed in cases of child abuse. The prime minister's comments come after police and social workers severely criticised in the serious case review, commissioned by Maggie Blyth, independent chair of the Oxfordshire safeguarding children board. Blyth said there were grounds for believing that 373 girls had bee

UK should begin decriminalising drugs, say Richard Branson and Nick Clegg

Virgin founder and deputy prime minister argue that ‘war on drugs’ has failed and urge UK to follow Portuguese example Continue reading...

Parliament is falling down. So what can be done about it?

The Palace of Westminster, the seat of a busy parliamentary democracy, is crumbling. What are the restoration options and how much could it cost? Continue reading...

Boris Johnson tells Cage: defend Isis victims – video

Speaking on his weekly LBC radio phone-in, London mayor Boris Johnson tells Asim Qureshi, the research director of the advocacy group Cage, that he should stop blaming the security services for the radicalisation of Mohammed Emwazi and stick up for the human rights of those who have been beheaded by Islamic State (Isis) Continue reading...

SNP attacks Scottish Labour leader's tuition fees pledge

Jim Murphy, who backed fees policy under Tony Blair, accused of hypocrisy for saying Labour would keep university tuition free in Scotland Continue reading...

Boris Johnson tells Cage research director to defend victims of Isis

London mayor tells Asim Qureshi to stop scattering blame around over actions of Mohammed Emwazi Continue reading...

Tory minister criticises 'inhuman inflexibility' in benefit sanctions

Business minister Nick Boles says system needs to be looked at after election, despite colleagues’ defence of sanctions Continue reading...

Downing Street: PM will take part in one election TV debate with seven parties

No 10 letter to chair of broadcasters’ debate committee draws condemnation from Nick Clegg and head of Labour election campaign Continue reading...

Projected SNP landslide could see it form part of next UK government

Scottish National party’s predicted 56 seats make David Cameron’s chances of remaining in No 10 slimmer than ever before Continue reading...

Sustainability has failed, but will the Green Party save us?

The sustainable development model has long been doomed to failure, but the Green Party is still in denial, argues John Foster Continue reading...

Leaders’ debate: Sky News and Channel 4 offer to change head-to-head date

David Cameron challenged twice by Ed Miliband during prime minister’s questions on whether he would commit to a head-to-head debate on 30 April Continue reading...

Charities should be preferred NHS providers, says Andy Burnham

Not-for-profit care organisations would get longer and more stable contracts than private companies, says shadow health secretary Continue reading...

For the Tories, policy by nostalgia ain’t what it used to be

This is the party that wants to encourage aspiration, but its methods are just the old ways polished up as new Continue reading...


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