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Cooper: David Cameron has failed on immigration

David Cameron has "completely failed" to deliver on his immigration targets, shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper said.

Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper has criticised David Cameron's record on immigration. Credit: PA Wire

Ahead of David Cameron's much-anticipated speech outlining his plans to tighten immigration laws, Ms Cooper said: "Immigration is important to Britain - that's why it needs to be controlled and managed so that the system is fair.

"But David Cameron's 'no ifs, no buts' immigration target has completely failed.

"Four and a half years into his Government, his promises on an immigration target are in tatters.

"Rather than ramping up the rhetoric, David Cameron must now set out sensible, practical plans."


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Children tested for Ebola in Newcastle

Two children are currently being tested for the Ebola virus are in the infectious diseases unit at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.

The RVI in Newcastle is one of only three centres outside London equipped to handle ebola cases

It is not known yet where in Africa the children are from or how recently they arrived in the UK. They are also being tested for malaria.

Public Health England said it was "unlikely" that the children would test positive for Ebola, although results would take 24 hours.

A spokesman would not confirm the age or gender of the children but described them as young children, rather than teenagers.

The hospital is one of three centres outside London able to treat cases of Ebola - none of the others are within the North East region.

Tributes to Phil Hughes dominate Australian papers

Tributes to batsman Phil Hughes, who died yesterday aged 25, dominate the front pages of today's Australian newspapers.

PM: I understand the British people's immigration concerns

David Cameron says he understands that British people want the Government to have "control" over immigration.

David Cameron is set to unveil a range of reforms aimed at tightening immigration. Credit: PA Wire

"People have understandably become frustrated. It boils down to one word: control," Mr Cameron will say in a speech outlining his reforms today.

"People want Government to have control over the numbers of people coming here and the circumstances in which they come, both from around the world and from within the European Union.

"And yet in recent years, it has become clear that successive Governments have lacked control. People want grip. I get that."

The Sun hails Mitchell libel verdict on front page

The Sun newspaper has hailed its victory over Conservative MP Andrew Mitchell in the 'Plebgate' libel case.

It claimed the ex-Government chief whip's defeat would cost him £3 million in costs.


Police called to Tesco store over 'Black Friday scuffles'

Police have been called to a Tesco store in east London after scuffles reportedly broke out at a Black Friday event.

Reports on social media suggested that fights had broken out as shoppers in Edmonton attempted to buy coffee makers and televisions.

Guardian journalist Laurence Topham described it as "mayhem" inside, and tweeted a picture showing multiple police cars surrounding the store.

"Police were called at 23.56pm to Tesco in Lea Valley, Edmonton due to large crowds gathering outside," a Scotland Yard spokesperson told ITV News.

PM 'ruling nothing out' if EU don't understand concerns

David Cameron says he has ruled "nothing out" if British concerns over migration "fall on deaf ears" at the European Union.

In a much-anticipated speech on immigration reform today, the Prime Minister will insist that welfare reforms will be an "absolute requirement" in the renegotiation process ahead of his planned referendum on EU membership.

This issue of free movement will be a key part of that negotiation. If I succeed, I will, as I have said, campaign to keep this country in a reformed EU.

If our concerns fall on deaf ears and we cannot put our relationship with the EU on a better footing, then of course I rule nothing out.

But I am confident that, with goodwill and understanding, we can and will succeed.

– David Cameron

David Cameron's migration welfare plans in full

David Cameron has pledged to remove "the financial incentives that attract migrants to Britain" in a bid to cut net migration and "deliver the control that British people want.

The proposals include:

  • EU migrants will not receive in-work benefits such as tax credits and social housing unless
  • Unemployed migrants will be kicked out of the UK unless they have found a job within six months
  • They will not be supported by British taxpayers
  • No child benefits or tax credits for children living outside of the UK will be paid out no matter how long the migrant has paid taxes for
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