Coalition rift over immigration

Vince Cable has hit out at Conservative immigration policy at the Liberal Democrats spring conference as a row rumbles on over politicians' use of migrant workers.

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Cable set to anger Tories with immigration speech

Business Secretary Vince Cable is set to anger his Conservative coalition colleagues today as he hails free movement in the European Union and attacks immigration "scare stories".

Speaking on the same day Tory Immigration Minister James Brokenshire delivers his inaugural speech in his new role, the Liberal Democrat will tell an audience at the Mansion House the UK economy will be held back if the country is seen as "closed for business".

Liberal Democrat Business Secretary Vince Cable will make an immigration speech tonight. Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

While the Business Secretary is largely repeating views previously expressed, the timing of the speech looks set to frustrate his Conservative partners.

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