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Miliband: Britain needs PM who will keep promises

Ed Miliband has said Britain needs a Prime Minister who will keep their promises on immigration as he prepares to outline his key policies on the issue later today.

Ed Miliband will attack David Cameron's record on immigration in a speech later today. Credit: PA Wire

Mr Miliband will say in a speech later today that David Cameron's pledge to cut migration to the tens of thousands was "in tatters", saying the figure had risen to "exactly three times higher than he promised".

"Britain needs a Prime Minister who will only make promises on immigration that he can keep," he will say.

"Real promises that will make a real difference: a better plan; a plan that starts with strong borders; so people have confidence that we control who comes into the country; a plan that's founded on fair rules, where wages can't be undercut and benefits must be earned; a plan that's based on the right values."


Jeremy Clarkson says he will miss hosting Top Gear

Jeremy Clarkson has written about how much he will miss presenting Top Gear. Credit: Ben Birchall / PA Wire/PA Images

Jeremy Clarkson has written about how much he will miss hosting Top Gear and thanked fans for their support after he was sacked from the popular motoring show following a 'fracas' with a producer.

The presenter has not spoken publicly about being axed by the BBC, other than to say that "everybody's upset", but in his column in the Sun newspaper today, Clarkson briefly mentioned the incident.

Heartfelt thanks to all those who have written to say how much they will miss me on Top Gear. It's not as much, however, as I'll miss being there.

– Jeremy Clarkson

Woman due in court over cannabis worth £340,000

The woman is the ninth person charged in relation to a major international drug trafficking operation. Credit: Andrew Milligan / PA Archive/PA Images

A 24-year-old woman will appear in court today charged with importing thousands of pounds worth of cannabis.

The woman, who was arrested in Birmingham on Wednesday, is also charged with conspiracy to supply cannabis, possession with intent to supply and converting criminal property.

She is the ninth person charged in connection with a major international drug trafficking operation after police found £340,000 worth of cannabis at an address in Ballywalter, County Down last month.

She is due to appear before Newtownards Magistrates' court today.

Detective Inspector Andy Dunlop of the Police Service of Northern Ireland said: "There are more arrests to follow. This investigation is complex, but we are vigorously pursuing all lines of inquiry to gather all evidence against those allegedly involved."


PM plans to give pensions campaigner ministerial role

David Cameron wants to give pensions campaigner Ros Altmann a ministerial role. Credit: Jonathan Brady / PA Wire/PA Images

Pensions campaigner Ros Altmann will become a government minister if the Conservatives are re-elected, David Cameron has announced.

The Prime Minister said Dr Altmann would be made a Tory peer and given responsibility for financial education and consumer protection.

Describing her as the "country's leading expert" on the issues, Mr Cameron said he wanted Dr Altmann "at the heart of government" helping give people "more power to save, to access their pension, to pass their pension on to their children".

"We've got millions more people saving for a pension because of auto-enrolment - having an automatic pension in your workplace - so there are many more people saving.

"There are also great new products like the flexible Isa, a real encouragement for savings with the single tier pension, and now at the heart of government, if we're elected, Ros Altmann - the country's leading pensions, savings, and financial education expert to make sure that we make the most of this great revolution in favour of savings and financial security for many in our country."

– David Cameron

Australian teens arrested over 'Isis-inspired terror plot'

Five teenagers have been arrested in Australia over an alleged Islamic State-inspired plot to attack an event in Melbourne to mark the centenary of Anzac Day, Australian police said.

Acting Deputy Commissioner Neil Gaughan addressing the media. Credit: APTN

Two suspects, both 18, are accused of preparing to attack the event, which included targeting police officers.

Another 18-year-old was arrested on weapons charges and two other men, aged 18 and 19, were in custody and assisting police, police said.

Officers said the alleged plot was inspired by the Islamic State terror group and was to have involved "edged weapons", although there was currently no information to suggest that it was a "planned beheading".

The arrests follow a major counter-terror operation on Saturday, involving some 200 officers in the city.

Anzac stands for the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, and commemorates the First World War battle in Turkey on April 25.

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