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28 August 2014 Last updated at 14:05

Tory MP Carswell switches to UKIPNigel Farage and Douglas Carswell

Tory MP Douglas Carswell has defected to the UK Independence Party - and says he will seek re-election in Clacton at a by-election.

Gatwick airport arrivals'Significant' rise in migration to UK

There has been a "statistically significant" increase in net migration into the UK - which reached 243,000 in the year up to March, figures show.

Shaun WrightWright quits Labour but not PCC role

Shaun Wright resigns from the Labour Party but refuses to quit his South Yorkshire police and crime commissioner role following a damning report into child abuse.

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Nick Robinson Article written by Nick Robinson Nick Robinson Political editor

Douglas Carswell defection: the Europe 'bomb' goes off

Douglas Carswell's defection to UKIP is a body blow for Prime Minister David Cameron, says BBC political editor Nick Robinson.

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James Landale Article written by James Landale James Landale Deputy political editor

Sir John Major praises immigrants for 'guts and drive'

Former prime minister Sir John Major praises immigrants for having what he calls "the very Conservative instinct" of wanting to improve their lives.

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Mark D'Arcy Article written by Mark D'Arcy Mark D'Arcy Parliamentary correspondent

BBC Parliament - To War!

A look ahead to our night of programmes marking the centenary of the outbreak of World War One.

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