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Brit missing after going for morning swim in Bulgaria

Teacher Ethan McKen was travelling with a group of five friends. Credit: Pitchero

A British tourist has been reported missing after apparently getting into difficulties during a morning swim in Bulgaria.

Teacher Ethan McKen, 24, was travelling with a group of five friends and had arrived at the Sunny Beach resort on the Black Sea today.

Thomas Cook has been in touch with the family of Mr McKen, from Nottingham, and is arranging for his relatives to fly to Bulgaria.

One other member of the group entered the sea, but is safe and recovering in a local medical centre.

Mr McKen is a member of Bulwell FC, an amateur football club in Nottinghamshire.

We are very concerned by the disappearance of one of our customers in Bulgaria after they took a morning swim in the sea in Sunny Beach resort.

We are liaising closely with the British Embassy and the local authorities as the search effort continues, and can confirm that the local police are stopping anyone entering the water at present while this continues.

– Club 18-30 spokesman

Chancellor: We will fight for Britain in the EU

The Chancellor George Osborne has insisted the government will continue to fight for Britain and British interests in Europe.

His comments come after reports from Germany that Chancellor Angela Merkel has threatened to withdraw her support for keeping Britain in the EU if David Cameron continued in his drive to curb immigration from other EU countries, in defiance of the EU policy on the free movement of people.

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Welsh woman dies on night out at Bulgarian ski resort

Nina Holmes, 22, is pictured here with her boyfriend Dean Herbert. Mr Herbert is returning to the UK today with Ms Holmes' body Credit: Dean Herbert

A 22-year-old woman from Wales has died after a night out in a bar at a Bulgarian ski resort, officials have confirmed.

Nina Holmes collapsed outside BJ's bar in the town of Borovets, some 45 miles from the capital Sofoia, on Sunday night.

It has been reported that eight other British nationals were taken to hospital following a night out in the resort, prompting a police investigation.

A spokeswoman for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office confirmed the death of a British national in Bulgaria and said it was providing assistance to the family.

South Wales Police said it was aware of the incident and would be working with Swansea coroner Philip Rogers once Ms Holmes' body was repatriated.

Bulgarian ambassador: Immigration debate 'unpleasant'

The Bulgarian ambassador to the UK called the tone of the immigration debate "very unpleasant".

Konstantin Dimitrov told ITV News Political Correspondent Carl Dinnen, "It is defamatory, definitely there are elements of discrimination."

"This propaganda hurts the pride of many Bulgarians ... the humiliation that such a rhetoric contains is something that may leave a trace here or there in the soul of my compatriots," he added.

Green Party: 'Time to end toxic immigration debate'

As flights and buses arriving today showed, many Romanians and Bulgarians have been living in Britain for years.

But we should also be welcoming new arrivals, just as Britons arriving in France, Spain and other European states find themselves welcomed.

It's time to end the toxic immigration debate and acknowledge that, whether they are nurses and doctors coming to work in the NHS, computer game designers or building workers, Romanians and Bulgarians, as with other immigrants, will be contributing to our society.

Some will settle, some will only be here for a few years, and they reflect the mobile nature of life in the modern world which enriches all of our lives.

– Natalie Bennett, leader of the Green Party of England and Wales

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Romanian migrant seeking work: Here you pay a lot

Victor Spiresau has arrived in the UK from Romania today in order to find a job in construction, he told ITV News.

Victor Spiresau says he taught himself English by watching films and MTV Credit: ITV News

The 30-year-old said he earned 10 euros a day working on building sites at home and that he hopes to make 10 euros an hour here, but was not planning on settling.

"I don't want to stay here. I want to renovate my home and to make a good life in Romania because it's much easier to live in Romania because it's not expensive."

Mr Spiresau said he already has work lined up washing cars in London but hopes to go on to work in the construction industry. He said he chose to come to the UK over other European countries as he can speak the language.

UK jobs outnumber other nations on Romanian website

There are more British jobs advertised on a Romanian recruitment website than all of the other European countries with similar employment laws combined.

Eight other countries are joining the UK in lifting working restrictions for migrants today - Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Malta, Spain and the Netherlands.

The Romanian recruitment website Tjobs.ro carries the following numbers of job advertisements:

  • UK - 4,896
  • Austria - 245
  • Belgium - 25
  • France - 591
  • Germany - 2,055
  • Luxembourg - 50
  • Malta - 95
  • Spain - 130
  • Netherlands - 214

Romanians and Bulgarians 'could knock target off track'

Tory MP Mark Reckless accompanied Keith Vaz at Luton Airport, claiming he was concerned that large numbers of Romanians and Bulgarians may come to the UK.

I'm here this morning because my party - the Conservatives - we made a promise that we would cut immigration from hundreds of thousands to tens of thousands a year.

And my concern is that if we do see large numbers coming from Romania and Bulgaria then that could knock us off that target and the promise we made to the electorate.

– mark reckless, tory mp

Keith Vaz MP greets Romanians off plane at Luton

Romanians landing at Luton Airport were greeted by Home Affairs Select Committee chairman Keith Vaz on the first day of new rules allowing the migrants to work in the UK.

He said he saw no evidence of migrants who have "rushed out and bought tickets" because of the lifting of regulations.

Keith Vaz MP (second from L) greets a Romanian passenger at Luton Airport Credit: ITV News

He said that most of the people he met already work in the UK and were "coming back after a holiday".

But he also criticised the government for a "lack of robust estimates" of the number of Romanians and Bulgarians expected to arrive in the UK.

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