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Immigration minister's attack comes back to haunt PM

The Camerons at the Conservative Party conference in October Credit: Oli Scarff/PA Wire

Whenthe new immigration minister James Brokenshire attacked what he called the "wealthy, metropolitan elite" for benefiting from cheap foreign labour, it's unlikely he meant to point the finger at the Prime Minister.

But his words have now come back to haunt the government, after it emerged the Camerons had hired a Nepalese woman as a nanny who later gained British citizenship.

Tonight, Number 10 were forced to clarify her immigration status after questions from Labour and journalists.

She had put Samantha Cameron down as her employer but there was no special pleading on her behalf.

Do these domestic arrangements really matter politically? Well, it shows what a sensitive subject immigration continues to be - and why getting the tone right can be tricky.

Immigration speech 'feeble and pathetic'

Immigration Minister James Brokenshire's speech today on border control was "feeble and pathetic", according to the head of an influential business group.

The Director General of the Institute of Directors, Simon Walker, said Brokenshire's speech seemed to be "more about political positioning and less about what is good for the country".


Wealthy Britons are 'benefiting from immigration'

The Conservative party's new immigration minister James Brokenshire is expected to accuse the middle classes of befitting from the arrival of foreign workers into the UK in a speech today.

James Brokenshire is expected to accuse the middle classes of befitting from the arrival of foreign workers. Credit: PA

"For too long, the benefits of immigration went to employers who wanted an easy supply of cheap labour, or to the wealthy metropolitan elite who wanted cheap tradesmen and services – but not to the ordinary, hard-working people of this country," Mr Brokenshire is set to say.

"We are changing that and building a system that benefits all."

Read the full speech here.

Minister: 'Full force of law' on Brits travelling to Syria

Security minister James Brokenshire told ITV News that the "very clear advice" to Britons is that they "shouldn't be travelling to Syria."

"Where there is evidence of people travelling back [from Syria] our terrorist legislation has reached beyond the UK and if people have been involved in terrorism then we will not hesitate to use the full force of the law," he said.

He added that passports were being confiscated at the border if there was a "real indication" that people were travelling to Syria to become involved in the conflict.

Security minister: Emphasis on solving crime not 'snooping' on e-mails

Security minister James Brokenshire said the emphasis was on solving crime rather than "real-time snooping on everybody's emails".

He told BBC Radio 4's World at One programme: "We absolutely get the need for appropriate safeguards and for appropriate protections to be put in place around any changes that might come forward.

"What this is not is the previous government's plan of creating some sort of great big Big Brother database. That is precisely not what this is looking at."