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James Landale Deputy political editor

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Sir John Major praises immigrants for 'guts and drive'

12 August 2014
Sir John Major

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.

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Hill's outlook

Lord Hill

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.

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Cameron's reshuffle will be bigger than thought

David Cameron

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.

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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.

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Who will be Britain's next European Commissioner?

David Cameron at EU summit

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.

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Hints of defeat in UK battle against Juncker

David Cameron

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.

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Passports make for toxic politics

The Passport Office's headquarters in Liverpool
Extra staff are being deployed and new office space being used to try and get on top of the situation

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.

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Reshuffle fever on hold for now

David Cameron surrounded by his cabinet at Prime Minister's questions

We have had the European elections, the Queen has delivered her Speech and the Newark by-election is out of the way.

So it is time for we denizens of Westminster to turn our minds to the annual parlour game that is the government reshuffle.

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About James

James has been walking the streets and corridors of Westminster for almost two decades. He has worked in his current role as the BBC's deputy political editor since July 2009. Before that he spent five years as chief political correspondent leading all 24-hour news coverage from Westminster.

He has presented programmes such as The Andrew Marr Show, The Westminster Hour, The World This Weekend, Broadcasting House, Daily Politics and Straight Talk.

James joined the BBC in 2003 after a spending a decade at The Times newspaper, primarily as a political correspondent in the Westminster lobby. He also worked as the paper's Brussels correspondent and assistant foreign news editor.

He has written two books, Duel: A True Story of Death and Honour and Landale's Cautionary Tales: Comic Verse for the 21st Century.

He lives with his family in Hampshire.

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