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Renting to illegal immigrants to become a criminal offence

Renting accommodation to illegal immigrants is to become an offence from December, Amber Rudd has announced.

Speaking at the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham, the home secretary said: "Today I'm announcing that from December, landlords that knowingly rent out property to people who have no right to be here will be committing a criminal offence - they could go to prison."

Ms Rudd also announced that from December, immigration checks will be a mandatory requirement for people who want to obtain a licence to drive a taxi.

From next autumn, banks will also have to carry out regular checks to ensure they are not providing essential banking service to illegal migrants.

The home secretary also said the government will launch a consultation on whether to make it more difficult for companies to hire foreign workers.

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UK 'will block EU army as long as it remains member'

The defence secretary said that leaving the EU will not mean stepping back from security obligations.

Britain will continue to block a European Union army as long as it remains in the bloc as it undermines NATO military alliance, Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said.

But speaking at the Conservative party conference in Birmingham on Tuesday, he said: "Leaving the EU does not mean we are stepping back from our commitment to the security of our continent."

France and Germany hope that Britain's vote to leave the EU will leave the path open for common defence proposals.

Making a swipe at Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, known for his anti-nuclear arms stance, he said: "Waving a white flag, will not keep us safe.

"Labour would risk our defence for their dogma. That's why they can never be trusted with British security."

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