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'Everyone in Britain should know how to speak English'

Everyone who settles in Britain should be able to speak English, Ed Miliband has said.

Ed Miliband speaking in Wirral this afternoon. Credit: ITV News

Outlining his key immigration policies, Mr Miliband told an audience in Wirral: "Everyone in Britain should know how to speak English. Sometimes, we’ve been too timid about this but it is something we should expect from everyone who comes here."

Mr Miliband said this "especially" applied to people working in the public sector, adding that "nowhere is that more true than in our NHS".

He said a Labour government would legislate to ensure all healthcare professionals can speak English to a "sufficient standard" so they can care effectively for patients.


Miliband on immigration: Labour 'got it wrong' in past

Ed Miliband has admitted Labour "got it wrong" on immigration in the past, but claims his party has "listened, learned and changed".

Ed Miliband, the Labour leader. Credit: ITV News

"We were wrong not to ensure there were maximum transitional controls when new countries joined the European Union in 2004," Mr Miliband said.

"And the reason we were wrong is that working people were seeing dramatic changes in their communities that were not planned or properly prepared for.

"And we won’t make that mistake in future."


Royal Navy members charged with sexual assault named

Four members of the Royal Navy have been charged with sexual assault. Craig Stoner, 24, Darren Smalley, 35, Joshua Finbow, 23, and Simon Radford, 31, were each charged with one count of sexual assault by the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service (CFNIS).

Royal Navy members charged with sexual assault named. Credit: PA

In a statement on the Government of Canada website, Lieutenant-Colonel Francis Bolduc, Commanding Officer of the CFNIS, said: "This is a disturbing accusation of sexual assault.

"I'm pleased with the full cooperation provided by the British authorities to support the hard work and diligence of the CFNIS team in responding to this matter."

The Associated Press reported that the men were charged for their role in a "group sexual assault" in barracks in Shearwater, Nova Scotia.

The Ministry of Defence said the four Royal Navy members have appeared in court charged with sexual assault under the Criminal Code of Canada 272.

Farage: Labour's immigration plan is a 'diversion'

Ukip leader Nigel Farage has dismissed Labour's plan to tackle immigration enforce strong borders and tackle the exploitation of workers as a "diversion".

Mr Farage said: "It's a big diversion. Labour will talk about anything but open borders. It was the Labour government that opened up the door to 10 former communist countries to have unlimited access into this country. That's the debate that Ed Miliband simply won't have."

Miliband's measures 'wouldn't help control immigration'

None of Ed Miliband's proposals to deal with immigration would help control the number of migrants entering the UK, the Tories say.

James Brokenshire, the Conservative Immigration Minister. Credit: PA Wire

Tory Immigration Minister James Brokenshire accused Labour of "sending out search parties for people", claiming net migration had increased "more than five-fold" in the party's 13 years in government.

"Nothing Ed Miliband is proposing today would help control immigration," he said.

"Since 2010, we have stripped more than 850 bogus colleges of their rights to sponsor foreign students, cracked down on illegal working and sham marriages, made it harder for people to live in the UK illegally, and reduced the number of appeal routes to stop spurious attempts to remain in the country."

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