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  1. Carl Dinnen

Is Clegg's interest in immigration related to UKIP's rise?

Nick Clegg's first speech on immigration as deputy prime minister comes three weeks after UKIP came second to the Liberal Democrats in the Eastleigh by-election.

I wonder if his sudden interest in immigration is related?

The Liberal Democrats certainly sound as though they are getting a bit tougher on the issue: Mr Clegg announced an end of "amnesties" for illegal immigrants, bigger fines for employers who take on illegal immigrants and a pilot scheme for security bonds.