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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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Clegg slams Westminster 'xenophobia' on immigration

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has accused Labour of not standing up against xenophobia and Conservatives of not standing up for business over the issue of immigration.

"It is truly dispiriting to see the Conservative and Labour parties driven - as far as I can see - entirely by panic on this issue," he said at the Liberal Democrat spring conference.

He appeared to describe Tory minister James Brokenshire's immigration speech as "irresponsible" and said Labour, in response, "won't stand up against xenophobia".

Mr Clegg used the same speech to accuse the Conservatives of "no longer standing up for business."

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