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Mandelson: Britain 'shouldn't be over-sensitive' to EU criticism

Former European Commissioner Lord Mandelson has told ITV News the UK should not be "over-sensitive" after a senior EU official claimed British political leaders are "destroying the future" of its people by adopting populist policies on immigration.

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Tory MP: EU diplomat is 'stoking up' immigration row

The European Commission vice-president Viviane Reding has been accused of "stoking up" a row over immigration, after she claimed that British politicians were peddling "myths" about an influx of EU migrants.

Ms Reding said it was "simply not true" that an "invasion of foreigners" were draining the UK's welfare and health resources and stealing jobs.

European Commission vice-president Viviane Reding. Credit: Borna Filic/Pixsell

She claimed that most of the information about the EU given to the UK public was based on "myths" and warned political leaders that adopting populist tactics to win votes was "destroying the future" of Britain.

Conservative backbencher Mark Reckless told BBC Radio 4's Today programme he was "very surprised" by Ms Reding's comments.

The MP for Rochester and Strood said: "I think the measures taken by the Government have been quite moderate and actually I think it's these European politicians - Ms Reding, her colleague Mr Andor, the Polish prime minister and foreign minister - who seem to have been stoking this thing up."

Polish prime minister Donald Tusk protested about Cameron's pledge to change benefit payments to EU migrants, whileEuropean employment commissioner Laszlo Andor warned that the UK could be seen as a "nasty" country because of curbs on migrants.

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