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Migration to the UK - the key figures

  • 583,000 people immigrated to the UK in the year ending June, up from 502,000 the previous year
  • Increase driven by rises in immigration from the EU, up 45,000 and outside the EU, up 30,000.
  • Net migration to the UK - the difference between those arriving and leaving - was 260,000, up from 182,000 in the previous 12 months.
  • Net migration has increased since the low of 154,000 in the year ending September 2012 but remains below the peak of 320,000 in the year ending June 2005
  • Estimated employment of EU nationals (excluding British) resident in the UK was 16% higher in July to September 2014, compared to the same quarter in 2013.
  • 32,000 Romanian and Bulgarian citizens immigrated to the UK - up 18,000 in the previous 12 months.

Nick Clegg: Failure to meet migration targets 'damages public confidence in system'

The Conservatives failure to meet their target for reducing net migration will undermine public confidence in the immigration system, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has said.

Mr Clegg said: "This was a Conservative preoccupation. They made that promise. They have now broken that promise and they will have to suffer the embarrassment of having done so," he said on his weekly LBC radio phone-in.

"I think that it does damage public confidence in the immigration system by over-promising and under-delivering in this way."

Prime Minister David Cameron and Home Secretary Theresa May previously pledged to cut net migration to below 100,000 by the 2015 General Election.


Ex-England captain Strauss: Neck not usually a dangerous place to be hit

Andrew Strauss says the causes of Phil Hughes' death need to be investigated, but says he was struck on the neck on many occasions.

Hughes, who played with Strauss at Middlesex, died after being struck by a ball on the neck while batting, which burst a blood vessel in his neck.

Andrew Strauss played with Phil Hughes at Middlesex. Credit: PA

"The protection in the game of cricket has never been better than it is today," Strauss told Sky Sports News. "I think it's really important we investigate this fully and see what can be done.

"Let's look if we can do anything more on the protection side. I don't know the full details of it, it sounds like he got hit on the neck, which is not usually a particularly dangerous place to get hit. I've been hit on the neck a number of times, I can remember twice by Brett Lee in the same Test match, so whether this is just one of those freak, tragic accidents or not remains to be seen."

Sturgeon: Smith report does not represent 'real home rule'

The new leader of the SNP Nicola Sturgeon has said she welcomes all new powers but that the Smith report on devolution does not go far enough.

UK immigration increase driven by rise of EU migrants

Some 583,000 people immigrated to the UK in the year ending June, a "statistically significant increase" from the 502,000 in the previous 12 months, the Office of National Statistics (ONS) said.

It said the rise was driven by increased immigration from the EU, which was up 45,000 and outside the EU, which was up 30,000.

The figures also showed 32,000 Romanian and Bulgarian citizens immigrated to the UK - up from 18,000.

It comes after Home Secretary Teresa May warned that the Government was "unlikely" to meet its target of cutting migration by the next election.

She said the increasing number of EU migrants coming to Britain meant it would be difficult for the government to cut net annual migration into Britain below 100,000.

The last set of figures - published at the end of August - showed overall net migration rose to 243,000 in the year to March - up from 175,000 the previous year.

Hughes death will shake batsmen - former England captain Atherton

Ex-England captain Michael Atherton says the death of Australia batsman Phil Hughes will be a poignant reminder of the dangers of cricket.

Former Lancashire opener Atherton admitted that players can be complacent when it comes to their own well-being, but admits the sport is safer than ever.

Michael Atherton believes this will be a wake up call for batsmen. Credit: PA

"It's an incredibly safe game but I think this will shake batsmen slightly out of what might have been complacency," Atherton wrote in the Times.

"I wore the same helmet for 10 years. I never changed it. I didn't give it much thought really. If there is that kind of complacency that I was guilty of, then I think people will be shaken out of that.

"I'll be making sure my 12-year-old boy's helmet is up to scratch and the latest model. But fundamentally it's a safe game with risk attached."


Pakistan and New Zealand postpone Test due to Hughes death

Pakistan and New Zealand have postponed the second day of the third Test in Sharjah following the passing of Phil Hughes.

Many of the Pakistan team had faced Hughes in one-day internationals last month.

Pakistan team manager Moin Khan said: We found him to be a cheerful and friendly person.

"This is indeed a tragedy, and we share in the grief of his family and our Aussie mates."

Phil Hughes died after being struck on the head. Credit: PA

A Pakistan Cricket Board statement read: "It's a sad day for cricket.

"We share the grief of Phil Hughes' untimely and tragic death with his friends and family, and also with our friends in Cricket Australia.

"Pakistan's cricketing fraternity is saddened by his passing away. All our thoughts and prayers are with Phil and his family."

Poundland posts jump in profit as it looks to expand

Poundland said its profits have jumped by a third as it continues to attract value-conscious-shoppers and adds new stores to its estate.

Poundland has long-term plans for 1,000 outlets across the UK and Ireland. Credit: Danny Lawson/PA

The West Midlands-based retailer, which has 556 stores in the UK and Ireland, opened its first outlets in Spain, called Dealz, in July and plans to have 10 over the next two years.

It added a net figure of 28 new stores in the UK and Ireland over the last six months and has long-term plans for 1,000 outlets, adding that it expects "to see many years of future growth."

The company's half-year results beat expectations today as total sales jumped 15% to £528.2 million, with like-for-like sales up 4.7% in the 26 weeks to September 28.

Underlying pre-tax profits jumped 34.2% to £12.6 million.

Weather: Another dull, damp and misty day ahead


For many it will be another dull, damp and misty day with extensive fog across central and eastern England with some rain here as well.

The dull and damp conditions will extend north into southern and eastern Scotland whilst there is likely to be an improving picture over southern UK.

It should be mainly dry and somewhat brighter in the west and northwest with temperatures on the mild side however it will become breezy in the southwest.

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