Sir John Major praises immigrants for 'guts and drive'
Sir John Major has praised immigrants for having what he called "the very Conservative instinct" of wanting to improve their lives.
Immigrants had the "guts and drive" to travel halfway across the world to better themselves and their families, the former prime minister said.
Not all immigrants in his experience came to Britain "to benefit from our social security system", he said.
His tone is in contrast to that used by present Conservative PM David Cameron.
In his attempts to crack down on immigration numbers, the current prime minister talks of an immigration system that "puts Britain first" as he makes it harder for migrants to claim benefits.
What job might Lord Hill get in the new European Commission?
David Cameron has been quite clear that he wants Britain to have a big economic portfolio.
Cameron's reshuffle will be bigger than thought
David Cameron is preparing to carry out a far wider reshuffle of his government than had previously been thought.
Several sources in Whitehall have told me to expect substantial changes when the prime minister reshapes the team that he will lead in to the election.
Strikes present an opportunity for both unions and politicians
Perhaps your school was closed and you were forced to take a day off to look after the kids. Maybe your rubbish was not collected or your phone call not answered at the local council.
Perhaps the museum you planned to visit was shut or you struggled to cross the road because there was no one with a lollypop sign to help you.
Who will be Britain's next European Commissioner?
Forget, if you can, the heady excitement of the forthcoming government reshuffle.
What really should get your pulse racing are the new appointments that will shortly be made in Brussels.
Hints of defeat in UK battle against Juncker
David Cameron was clear. Despite being at odds with many EU leaders, he would continue to oppose the nomination of Jean-Claude Juncker as the new head of the European Commission.
It was essential, the prime minister said, that Europe's elected heads of government chose the new boss of the EU's executive body and not the European Parliament.
Passports make for toxic politics
If you look at the numbers, you can put the delay in passport applications into some sort of context.
The Passport Office processes 5.7 million new or renewed passports each year. At any one time, it is dealing with just under half a million applications.