Government launches sham marriage crackdown

The Government launches a crackdown on sham marriages today after estimates suggest up to 10,000 sham marriages take place every year.

From today all couples tying the knot will face tougher rules including having to give 28 days notice before getting married and automatic referrals to the Home Office if one or both parties could gain an immigration advantage from the marriage or civil partnership.

Jonathan Swain tells us more, and reveals exclusive footage of a raid at a registry office.

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'I don't think I'd be very good' at being Prime Minister

I don't think that's my role in life, I don't think I'd be very good at it either.

– Nigel Farage on whether he thinks he'd make a good Prime Minister

In the first in our series of interviews with party leaders in the run up to the 2015 general election we speak to Ukip leader Nigel Farage.

In a frank interview with Kate Garraway the party leader opens up about the failure of his first marriage as he confesses if he'd listened to his current wife more he'd have saved himself a "bit of heartache". Farage also admits his family probably wishes he never entered politics and that he doesn't think being Prime Minister is his role in life.

Speaking about the other party leaders he said if they were a flavour they'd be 'vanilla', when asked what flavour he would be he suggested, 'how about marmite... some people love it'.

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Cameron sends daughter to state school

Parents will be biting their nails this morning as they wait to hear if their child gets their preferred secondary school.

As a sidebar it is expected to be confirmed today that Prime Minister David Cameron's daughter Nancy has secured her place at Grey Coat Hospital academy, a Church of England institution which features in the latest Tatler guide to the best state schools.

The development would mean Cameron becoming the first Conservative PM to send his child to a state school while in office.

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Top five headlines you're waking up to

  1. The government launches a crackdown on the sham marriages that allow people to cheat their way into the UK

  2. GMB gets to know the real Nigel Farage as he reveals his true political ambition

  3. Thousands of parents face an anxious wait to discover where their child will be going to secondary school

  4. Specialist police teams from across the country join the search for missing 16-year-old Rebecca Watts

  5. Dame Maggie Smith reveals the next series of Downton Abbey will be her last

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Duke of Cambridge follows in Diana's footsteps

The Duke of Cambridge has followed in his mother's footsteps - and visited a Commonwealth war cemetery on the first full day of his tour of Japan. Princess Diana laid a wreath at the same war graves 20 years ago.

Prince William is on a week long trip to China and Japan where he will undertake engagements to promote UK relations with both countries. The Duchess of Cambridge is not accompanying her husband as she is due to give birth to their second child in April.

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