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Government fails to deliver on net migration promise

David Cameron's pledge to slash net migration to the UK by the end of this Parliament appears to have been thoroughly broken.

In fact the net influx of nearly 300,000 migrants in the year to last September, is the highest since the Coalition government came to power.

ITV News' Political Editor Tom Bradby reports:

Govt migration target 'blown off course by EU arrivals'

The Government has blamed a rise in EU migration for missing its target to cut net migration to the tens of thousands before the general election.

Immigration Minister James Brokenshire told ITV News: "We have said for some time that we would not meet that target that we set because of circumstances that couldn't be predicted.

"We have had migration from Europe that has doubled since the last general election therefore the circumstances have changed markedly."

PM 'disappointed' with net migration increase

David Cameron is "disappointed" with new figures showing a rise in net migration to the UK, Downing Street said.

Prime Minister David Cameron. Credit: PA Wire

The Tories had pledged to get the figure down to below 100,000 by the end of the current parliamentary term, but figures released today showed net migration had risen to 298,000 - higher than when the coalition came to power in 2010.

"The Prime Minister is disappointed with today's figures," a Number 10 spokesperson said.

"He had said previously that we have not made as much progress as he would like but he had also said that he doesn't regret making this commitment because he thinks it is in the interests of our country, that we will have a better, stronger country, if we have lower net migration."

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