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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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Immigration minister to say migration 'just too high'

Last week, migration experts and rival politicians accused the Government of losing its grip on immigration policy as official figures revealed the net flow of migrants into the UK surged year-on-year by more than a third to 212,000 in the 12 months to September 2013.

In his inaugural speech as Immigration Minister, Conservative James Brokenshire is expected to say, "In the past year net migration from the EU has doubled and this figure is, frankly, just too high.

Immigration Minister James Brokenshire. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

"Some have tried to claim that this rapid increase is somehow 'good' for the country. Well, just like the Home Secretary, I disagree."

This will be in contrast to Vince Cable's Mansion House speech this evening where he is due to say the UK economy will be held back if the country is seen as "closed for business".

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