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PM: Benefits for migrants raise real issues of fairness

The Prime Minister said it was vital that the government dealt with the "real issues" of fairness that increases in net immigration have caused for communities within the UK.

He said pressure on social services, schools, hospitals and local authorities had increased significantly which, combined with a welfare system that pays out without asking claimants to initially pay into was unsustainable. He stressed that the freedom of movement principle on which the EU was built was never an "unqualified right".


Miliband to outline English devolution plans in Sunderland

Labour leader Ed Miliband will outline his pledge for English devolution in a speech today in Sunderland.

Miliband will promised to deliver £30 billion worth of devolution to English city and country regions. He is expected to say:

Labour recognises that devolution does not and must not stop at the Scottish border. It must represent a change, a new principle, determining how we are governed throughout the United Kingdom, bringing power closer to people across the whole country.

For far too long, England has been one of the most centralised nations in the world, choking off the energy and the initiative of the great towns and cities that once powered the industrial revolution: Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle, Sunderland and many others.

We are determined to change that by devolving real powers and real responsibilities to the cities and counties of England, so that just as happens in Scotland, local people and local businesses can come together to create new jobs, better transport links, more skills and opportunities for the next generation

– Ed Miliband, Labour leader


Voters more concerned by 'the number of migrants'

Voters are more concerned by "the number of migrants coming" to the UK than they are by EU nationals moving to Britain to claim benefits, a leading Conservative backbench MP has told Good Morning Britain.

Peter Bone praised David Cameron's plans to block benefits to EU migrant workers for the first four years they were in the UK, but criticised the PM's plans for failing to tackle the root of the problem.

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."

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."

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