Prime Minister David Cameron has received another blow in his battle with Europe over immigration rules, this time from the man he attempted - in vain - to deny gaining power in the European Commission.
Incoming EC president Jean-Claude Juncker labelled Cameron's bid to change the rules on freedom of movement in Europe as "irresponsible", echoing the stance of his predecessor José Manuel Barroso.
Cameron will tomorrow meet with the leaders of the other 27 nations in the European Union but is expected to face near complete opposition to his proposals to change one of the union's founding principles.
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David Cameron has launched a fresh effort to try to persuade would-be Ukip voters to back the Tories, warning that it would be a "terrible irony" if voting for Nigel Farage's party let Ed Miliband take the keys to No 10.
The Prime Minister said voters should not be "deceived" into thinking that it was anything other than a "stark choice" between the Conservatives and Labour at the next election.
Mr Cameron restated his promise to put measures to control European Union migration at the heart of his plans to renegotiate the UK's relationship with Brussels.
Next May's General Election would be "the most important for a generation", the Prime Minister said in an article for the Sunday Telegraph, telling voters it would be a straight contest between him and Mr Miliband to run the country.
In a message to wavering Tories, he said: "Let no-one deceive you that there is a third way. A vote for Ukip is a vote for Labour."
That much was proved in the recent by-elections. In Clacton, previously a Conservative seat, Ukip won. In Heywood and Middleton, Labour held their seat.
And to those considering voting for Ukip on the issues of immigration and Europe, I would point you to our Conservative record.
Non-EU migration is now at its lowest levels since the 1990s - and we are committed to putting EU migration right at the heart of our negotiations in Europe.
That comes from the first British Prime Minister ever to veto an EU Treaty, get the European budget cut, and pull us out of the bail-out schemes that Labour signed us up to.
We have also pledged to scrap Labour's Human Rights Act, ending the era of farcical human rights rulings handed down from Europe. And never forget: it is only the Conservative Party that is offering you that in-out referendum on Europe in 2017.
There would be a terrible irony if people who care about these issues voted Ukip - making a Labour Government more likely.
The Prime Minister warned that letting Mr Milband into No 10 would result in a "great nation slipping back into decline", with households facing rising mortgage bills and jobs being moved overseas.
A Labour Britain hardly bears thinking about. Imagine: the international markets wincing as the British government racks up more debt; interest rates and mortgage rates going up; businesses crushed under punishing taxes; jobs leaving our shores; the unions back in Downing Street; diktats and bureaucratic schemes raining down on our schools and hospitals; the sense of a great nation slipping back into decline.
David Cameron has confirmed he is looking for a state secondary school for his 10-year-old daughter Nancy, insisting there was no reason that taxpayer-funded education in England could not be "among the best in the world".
The Prime Minister, who attended Eton, could be the first Conservative in No 10 to send his child to a state secondary school.
Mr Cameron told Good Housekeeping magazine that he had looked at "three or four" schools in London, but 10-year-old Nancy would have a "very large say" in the decision about where she goes in September.
"There is no reason why our state schools can't be among the best in the world, and some of them are. What is exciting is there is this change not only in practice but also in culture which is all about excellence and wanting to be the best and wanting to get the best out of every child, and you are now seeing that in more and more schools."
Campaigning in Rochester today David Cameron has called for "some changes" to how the UK deals with immigration from the European Union.
Exactly what the Prime Minister has in mind remains to be seen, but a European Commission spokesman gave the impression Brussels was unmoved by the idea.
The Prime Minister will have the chance to put his case when he meets European leaders tomorrow.
ITV News Deputy Political Editor Chris Ship reports.
David Cameron and Michael Gove were both in Rochester and Strood today trying to head off the threat of another Ukip byelection victory.
The Prime Minister was in town to urge voters to give him "one last go" at renegotiating the UK's place in Europe, while Chief Whip Mr Gove said it was "very important to reach every voter in this constituency".
ITV News Political Correspondent Romilly Weeks reports.
Michael Gove has said he is not worried about Ukip in the crucial byelection in Rochester and Strood.
Mr Gove said: "I'm concentrating on giving people the chance to have a Conservative MP here in Rochester and Strood, people have been denied that chance due to the current MP's defection.
"We're not contemplating defeat."
David Cameron has hinted at a major announcement on immigration policy as he visited Rochester and Strood ahead of a crucial byelection.
"Of course it is one of the most important issues in this election," he said. "We will be setting out further steps in the weeks ahead."
David Cameron has made his first foray into the crucial Rochester and Strood byelection with an appeal to voters to give him "one last go" at negotiating a better deal for Britain in Europe.
The Prime Minister - who is desperate to prevent another Conservative seat falling to Ukip's "people's army" - insisted that only he could deliver on his promised in/out referendum on membership of the EU.
With Tory MPs under instructions to make at least three campaign visits to the Kent constituency - and Cabinet ministers at least five - the Conservative high command is committed to do all it can to halt Nigel Farage's battle for the seat.