EU referendum: Cameron says no bad blood towards rebels

 

PM David Cameron: 'There is no bad blood and no bitterness'

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David Cameron has said he has "no bad blood" towards Conservatives who defied orders to oppose a call for a referendum on the UK's EU membership.

Ministers won the vote but 81 Tories backed the call, the biggest rebellion on Europe against a Conservative PM.

The prime minister said he knew people felt "strongly" about the issue but he had to "give a lead" on the issue.

Some Conservative MPs were annoyed that the party imposed a three-line whip on a backbench motion.

Asked whether he regretted the order - which meant any Conservative MP who voted against the government would be expected to resign from government jobs - he said: "No I don't, in politics you have to try to confront the big issues, rather than try to sweep them under the carpet and that's what we did yesterday."

'Valued colleagues'

He said Europe had always been a difficult issue for the Conservatives and "always will be" but he had to do the right thing for the country.

"It wouldn't be right for the country right now to have a great big vote on an in-out referendum," he said.

"There's no, on my part, no bad blood, no rancour, no bitterness. These are valued Conservative colleagues, I understand why people feel strongly and we will go forward together and tackle the difficult decisions the country faces."

NICK ROBINSON'S VIEW

The education secretary is not just one of the prime minister's closest friends. He is not just a very clever man. He is a lifelong and instinctive Eurosceptic.

I worked with him when he was a young BBC reporter and I know.

Gove's claim was that the Conservative Party was united as never before behind the goal of renegotiating Britain's relationship with the EU.

He is right that, providing Ken Clarke is not in the room, Tories can say "we're all Eurosceptics now".

What divided them last night was - as I wrote yesterday - trust.

Backbenchers do not trust the prime minister, the coalition and Whitehall to deliver.

The backbench motion - prompted after a petition was signed by more than 100,000 people - was defeated by 483 votes to 111, after all Tory, Lib Dem and Labour MPs had been instructed to oppose it.

It called for a referendum on whether the UK should stay in the EU, leave it or renegotiate its membership - but even if the government had lost, it would not have been obliged to hold a referendum.

However Mr Cameron urged his MPs to vote against it arguing that, with a "crisis" in the eurozone any legislation for a referendum now "could cause great uncertainty and could actually damage our prospects of growth".

But almost half of his backbenchers appear to have ignored his calls.

In total 81 Conservative MPs, including two acting as tellers (the name given to the MPs who count the votes) supported the referendum motion and two more MPs - Mike Wetherley and Ian Stewart - actively abstained by voting both yes and no.

A further 12 MPs did not vote - although that figure includes Foreign Secretary William Hague, who put the government case against the motion before having to leave the debate early to travel to Australia, and another minister Mike Penning, who was in China.

It was the biggest rebellion against a Conservative prime minister over Europe - the previous largest was in 1993, when 41 MPs defied John Major on the Maastricht Treaty.

'United'

Labour leader Ed Miliband described the result as "a humiliation for the prime minister": "If he can't win the argument with his own backbenchers, how can the country have confidence that he can win the arguments that matter for Britain?"

But Education Secretary Michael Gove told the BBC: "It's not a humiliation."

He said that while there were a "significant number" of rebels - the differences between them and the Conservative frontbench were not significant.

"It was a very precisely worded motion which allowed a number of people like myself, who are passionate Eurosceptics, to say: Look, I disagree with the tactics but we agree on the ultimate goal."

He said the prime minister was "committed" to taking back powers from Europe to boost economic growth in the UK.

Tory rebel Mark Pritchard, who voted against the government yesterday, says policy definition is needed on Europe.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said Lib Dems, traditionally the most pro-European of the three biggest UK parties, would not let Britain be pulled to the margins of the European Union.

The Lib Dem leader warned Conservative rebels against what he called a "smash and grab raid" on Brussels.

"You reform and change Europe by leading it, not by leaving it. Each step of the way, the question should be, what can we get out of Europe, not how can we get out of Europe? I think the Eurosceptics need to be a little bit careful about what they wish for.

"Let's be under no illusions. Every step closer to the exit sign shakes confidence in the British economy and can hit British jobs."

The BBC's political editor Nick Robinson said the deputy PM's comments had poured salt on Mr Cameron's wounds.

The Conservative rebels included two Parliamentary private secretaries, Stewart Jackson and Adam Holloway - Downing Street has since confirmed both had been "removed" from the unpaid roles.

One Liberal Democrat MP, Adrian Sanders, defied his party's leadership and voted for a referendum.

Nineteen Labour MPs rebelled, including Frank Field, Kate Hoey, Jon Cruddas and Graham Stringer. Caroline Lucas, the only Green MP in the Commons, also voted for the motion, as did all eight DUP MPs and independent Lady Sylvia Hermon.

Senior Conservative backbencher Mark Pritchard said Tory MPs wanted "clarity" about how the government planned to repatriate powers from Europe, or the government's position would become "politically unsustainable".

"The Conservative Party will move on from the vote last night but I do not think Europe as an issue is going to move on from this Parliament.

"It is going to be more rather than less of an issue."

 

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  • rate this
    +5

    Comment number 357.

    All those people giving Switzerland and Norway as examples of dynamic economies outside the EU as justification for pulling out, are missing one thing: the population!
    How can you compare the uncouth and boozed-obsessed English with the Swiss and Norwegians?

  • rate this
    -4

    Comment number 356.

    #279.Capitoldome
    "Okay, so tories see referenda as the 'new democracy'. If so, let's crack on with referenda on NHS reforms, university fees, bank bailouts and....bad weather. The list is endless. The tory rebels need to relearn all about parliamentary democracy"

    Well said.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 355.

    I wonder if Cameron is going to bring a "big Bazooka" to this Euro "sickness" infesting his party? He is happy pointing Bazooka's at Europe, water cannons at rioters, what about the undisciplined in his own party?

  • rate this
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    Comment number 354.

    JonG # 346
    if you want to start throwing stats around. here's onew for you only 12% of the eligble voting population of the UK voted for the Tory party. And we call this a democracy!

  • rate this
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    Comment number 353.

    #270

    Yes, I bet Germany want us to leave. That would leave France as the only country strong enough to oppose their desperate desire to dominate Europe. And no, I'm not a xenophobe. I've travelled all over Europe, including Germany, and met some very nice people. But I don't want to be German or do what Germany says. Or anyone else for that matter.

  • rate this
    +4

    Comment number 352.

    In every hamlet, village, town and city in our country, the United Kingdom, the Union Jack should now be flown at half-mast in recognition of the final and death-delivering blow to Democracy in the U.K.
    Yesterday will go down in History as the day Democracy died - killed by Cameron and his cronies with Lab. and Lib-Dem. MPs as co-conspirators: "To Thee, my beloved country"

  • Comment number 351.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • rate this
    +5

    Comment number 350.

    The major problem with referendums is whether you believe that the majority of the electorate have real judgement or whether they are just chaff in the wind and easily manipulated by powerful groups with lots of money to spend. I honestly think that very few decisions in all so called democracies are really made by their elected governments, they are made to suit the needs of the 1%,

  • rate this
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    Comment number 349.

    293.The_Gambler
    "I don't see how any of that negates what I said. The implication was that being in the EU hasn't hampered Germany."

    --------
    Seems to me all you did in post 226 was insult apetime, and I think you're claiming that implication because you know it. Over and out.

  • rate this
    +3

    Comment number 348.

    Nick Robinson is spot on.
    Conservative voters do not trust Cameron and the other quaffers of the gravy to deal with the EU trough.

  • rate this
    +1

    Comment number 347.

    If its not a humilition I dont know what is

  • rate this
    -3

    Comment number 346.

    @38. ravenmorpheus2k

    or

    100,000 people out of 61,000,000 sign a petition for a referendum.

  • rate this
    +2

    Comment number 345.

    Says it all when all parties have dictated that their members should vote no.

    As previously stated, it would be a farce anyway. If the question isn't rigged so the only sensible answer would keep us in the EU, the EU would make us vote again until we give the 'right answer' anyway.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 344.

    328. The_Gambler
    Like I said, I suggest you take some of your own medicine.
    http://www.tradingeconomics.com/gdp-growth-rates-list-by-country

  • rate this
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    Comment number 343.

    Have the MP's who voted to leave considered,in these strained fiscal times,the actual costs of extricating the UK from the EU.ie cost of changing legislation,trade agreements,tax agreements,moving offices,pay- offs for MEP's etc.Show a bit of common sense please the cupboard is nearly bere.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 342.

    There is hope however, we have 111 MP's that listen to the views of their constituents, and are prepared to give up Parliamentary Priviledge in the name of democracy, and with principle, vote with their conscience.
    Here is to the 111, may they grow in number !

    It seems that the Eurozone has already failed, as History repeats itself, like the ERM shows us "One size does not fit All"....

  • rate this
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    Comment number 341.

    A very large shot across the bows of the Bullingdon Boy. Of course Gove is going to play down the humiliation. The fact that ot took the support of Labour and the other parasites the Libdems to defeat it
    shows that Cameron has very little sway with his own party. May I remind him we voted him in to work for us, not to ignore and insult us, careful call me Dave, ex-prime minister is sounding good.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 340.

    Why is Britain is so unique that it can't play a full part in Europe but must be half in, half out? Is it because of the Commonwealth? If so France, Spain, Portugal, Holland, Belgium all have their own former colonies but don't see it conflicting with their being fully in the EU. Or is it about being an island nation? If so, Ireland, Malta, Cyprus, don't have a problem, Iceland's part of Schengen.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 339.

    We vote in members of Parliament to represent us and to allow them to have the time to asses more thoroughly each and every aspects of new legislation. This doesn't mean we are too thick to decide if we are truly informed. To suggest as such is just erm..well.. I rest my bag.

  • rate this
    -5

    Comment number 338.

    We should not always blindly follow public opinon. e.g. the death penalty. But being in the EU, this is not one of them.

 

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    He tells the BBC News Channel: "I hope that we put aside rather daft targets as being things for government policy to aim for."

    And he says there need to be better "public education" on the issue.

    "If targets are measuring the wrong thing, if targets are achieving the wrong thing, then it's actually time to set them aside. The effect they are having is that they are obscuring the real policy issues, about what happens when we're living in a economy in which high levels of migration simply constitute the new normal," Mr Flynn adds.

     
  48.  
    15:20: Defence spending
    A Nimrod reconnaissance aircraft

    The UK must continue to invest in the armed forces if it is to remain capable of defending itself from evolving threats like Russia, a defence expert has said. Professor Malcolm Chalmers, research director at security think tank the Royal United Service Institute, said manpower is still "most vulnerable" if further cuts are to be announced in the next budget after the general election in May.

     
  49.  
    14:54: RBS owned Coutts in Swiss tax probe

    In its annual report earlier RBS said "a prosecuting authority in Germany is undertaking an investigation into Coutts & Co Ltd in Switzerland, and current and former employees, for alleged aiding and abetting of tax evasion by certain Coutts & Co Ltd clients". It adds the bank is "cooperating with the authority".

     
  50.  
    14:52: RBS owned Coutts in Swiss tax probe

    RBS chief executive Ross McEwan, says if any evidence of wrongdoing is discovered "we will come [down] incredibly hard on any of those issues". He adds the bank takes the situation seriously. He adds: "This is what has tarnished the banking industry and in my view private banks have taken far too long to catch up with the public's expectations." Coutts was founded in the late 17th century and is the bank used by the Queen. In 2003 it bought Zurich-based Bank von Ernst & Cie .

     
  51.  
    14:50: RBS owned Coutts in Swiss tax probe
    A Royal Bank of Scotland branch

    There's been a new development in the Swiss tax scandal. Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) whose results you'll remember were published this morning and which remains 80% taxpayer owned, has said German prosecutors are looking at whether its private bank in Switzerland helped some clients evade tax.

     
  52.  
    14:35: 'Redouble our efforts' BBC Radio 5 live

    Alp Mehmet, the vice chair of Migration Watch, which calls for reduced levels of immigration to the UK, said the figures showed more needed to be done to limit the numbers of people coming to Britain to start a new life. He said: "Apart from it being disappointing for the prime minister, I'm sure that there are millions of people around this country who are going to be hugely disappointed. I think all this shows is that we've got to redouble our efforts to get numbers down; you just can't ignore an additional 300,000 people a year coming to this country, with all the pressures that that means, with the housing and the rest of it."

     
  53.  
    14:20: Manufacturers on Miliband
    he production line at the BMW Mini plant in Oxford.

    There's been some reaction to Ed Miliband's speech to manufacturers' organisation EEF earlier today. Terry Scuoler, chief executive of the EEF, says "Ed Miliband's clear support for manufacturing and engineering and its critical requirement for skills and innovation are welcome". He adds: "If Labour is in power later this year they must seek to build on what's worked well in the last few years - including sector industrial strategies, support for innovation and competitive business taxes."

     
  54.  
    @georgegalloway George Galloway - MP for Bradford West

    tweets: In fact the time has come for Ed Miliband to close down Bradford Labour and start again. I'm serious. And we would co-operate with him...

     
  55.  
    @Nigel_Farage Nigel Farage - UKIP leader

    tweets: The British public have said that UKIP has the most appropriate policies on immigration

     
  56.  
    @BBCWorldatOne 'Jihadi John' unmasked BBC Radio 4

    tweets: AUDIO: 'Jihadi John' background has "echoes of the case of Adebolajo" - @MingCampbellMP

     
  57.  
    13:57: Immigration The Spectator

    Fraser Nelson, editor of the Spectator, writing on the magazine's website says: "The embarrassing truth is that David Cameron did not think carefully about this pledge to take net migration into the 'tens of thousands'. The pledge originated in a Thick-of-It style farce: it was an aspiration mentioned by Damian Green, then immigration spokesman, that caught media attention."

     
  58.  
    13:45: Immigration BBC Radio 4

    Yvette Cooper told the World at One "we [Labour] always warned" the Conservatives against making their net migration pledge. She adds it is "disgraceful" that Home Secretary Theresa May hasn't come out to respond today" to today's immigration figures.

     
  59.  
    13:30: 'Jihadi John' unmasked BBC Radio 4

    Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper tells The World at One the unmasking of Mohammed Emwazi as "Jihadi John" points to a wider issue of people known to be vulnerable going out to Syria. She says Labour has previously questioned the wisdom of removing control orders the government. "Of course this is a very difficult area... but we can't get away from the need to prevent people from being radicalised," she adds.

     
  60.  
    @suttonnick Nick Sutton, editor BBC Radio 4's The World at One

    tweets: We wanted to intv Home Office Minister about immigration stats on @bbcworldatone. Unfortunately no one available.

    Empty chair
     
  61.  
    13:22: Immigration BBC Radio 4

    No 10 says the prime minister is "disappointed with today's immigration figures" but doesn't regret making his original promise ahead of the 2010 election to cut net migration to tens of thousands. Madeleine Sumption is the director of the Migration Observatory in Oxford and she tells the World at One that the main reasons for the increase in net migration is the better performance of the UK economy and the increase in the number of people looking for jobs in the UK.

     
  62.  
    13:21: Chart recap: Net migration over last decade
    Net migration graph

    You can read the news report on the net migration figures here.

     
  63.  
    13:17: 'Jhadi John' unmasked BBC Radio 4

    Sir Menzies Campbell says the security threat to the UK at the moment is so great that the government should look again at the funding it is proposing in the next parliament. He says the government is planning to increase funding by "only £100m" which isn't a great deal of money in the circumstances.

     
  64.  
    13:16: More migration stats Carole Walker Political correspondent, BBC News

    Some extra points on net migration, which has risen to 298,000 in the year ending December 2014.

    • In 2014 there were 8% more work-related visas - up 12,422 to 167,202
    • In 2014 study-related visas rose slightly up 0.7%
    • In 2014 there were 5% more family visas, 6% more asylum applications and enforced removals fell 6%.
    • The number of non-UK nationals in employment in October to December 2014 was 3m, an increase of 239,000 or 9% from the comparable quarter in 2013
    • This change was driven by EU nationals: EU nationals in employment increased to 1.8m (+269,000; +17%), whereas non-EU nationals in employment decreased to 1.1m (-29,000; -2.5%).
     
  65.  
    13:13: "Jihadi John' unmasked BBC Radio 4

    Security services have known for some time that the masked Islamic State militant known as "Jihadi John" was Kuwaiti-born British man Mohammed Emwazi, it has emerged. The Liberal Democrat MP Sir Menzies Campbell who sits on Parliament's Intelligence and Security Committee, claims he only discovered the identity of Emwazi himself today. He says although the committee is entitled to evidence relating to certain security operations it is only entitled to that evidence after the operations have been completed, so as to avoid "a running commentary".

     
  66.  
    12:59: Miliband woos manufacturers

    Ed Miliband has pledged to be a "champion" for engineering and manufacturing if he becomes prime minister after the general election. At the EEF conference, the Labour leader warned company bosses they may not always agree with what his government does. But he insisted they would always have "a voice", adding: "Our future depends on you."

     
  67.  
    12:54: BBC' hopeful' over election debates (pt2)
    First Minister of Northern Ireland Peter Robinson

    But Mr Robinson has said he hadn't heard anything from the BBC representatives that was new or strengthened what he described as their "threadbare argument". He said his party would await an outcome to its appeal to the BBC Trust, which is expected to be heard next month, and this would provide the BBC and other broadcasters with an opportunity to change their position before the matter goes to court.

     
  68.  
    12:53: BBC 'hopeful' over election debates (pt1)

    The BBC's director of news and current affairs, James Harding, says he remains extremely hopeful that UK general election TV debates will be broadcast as planned in April. Mr Harding met the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader, Peter Robinson, in Belfast today to discuss the DUP's complaint that they have not been invited to take part in a seven party debate, even though Scottish and Welsh nationalists will participate.

     
  69.  
    12:46: Meaningless target Daily Politics Live on BBC Two

    The net migration target is a meaningless one, Labour's David Hanson tells Daily Politics. The shadow immigration minister is pressed over whether Labour has a target number. Mr Hanson refuses to do so, saying he is interested in the long term interests of the British economy. He does say he would take students out of the immigration figures - "about 80,000 a year".

     
  70.  
    @daily_politics Race for City Hall Daily Politics Live on BBC Two

    London mayor bid: "There could still be candidates who may come out of the woodwork later on, I don't know who they are though" @IvanMassow

     
  71.  
    12:33: Not looking back in anger... Brian Wheeler Political reporter
    Noel Gallagher

    UKIP's Steven Woolfe has another claim to fame (apart from appearing on Britain's top rated lunchtime politics show). The former hedge fund lawyer, who grew up in a tough part of Manchester, was in the same primary school class as Oasis star Noel Gallagher. He once told me the famously gobby rock legend was a "straightforward" character. As if to prove the point, Gallagher said last week that Nigel Farage "doesn't look capable of running a corner shop, let alone a country".

     
  72.  
    12:23: UKIP on migration figures Daily Politics Live on BBC Two
    Steven woolfe

    UKIP migration spokesman Steven Woolfe tells the Daily Politics "there needs to be a radical review of how we deal with net migration". He says UKIP would set a cap on gross migration into the UK of "50,000 for those who have the right to work with the option for permanent residence here". There would still be flexibility for short term work needs, he says, but that move "would take out 167,000 of these figures each year".

    Earlier Mr Woolfe told reporters government policy was "fatally holed beneath the water line and is sinking fast".

     
  73.  
    12:22: Pic: The Daily Politics line-up Daily Politics Live on BBC Two
    Daily Politics
     
  74.  
    12:19: Empty chaired Daily Politics Live on BBC Two
    Daily Politics graphic

    The net migration figures are being discussed on Daily Politics now. Andrew Neil says no Conservative ministers, or MPs were available to come on to the show to discuss the figures. He reads out a list of questions that he would have asked them.

     
  75.  
    12:08: PM on Savile report Carole Walker Political correspondent, BBC News

    A spokeswoman for the Prime Minister said David Cameron believes that the fact that Jimmy Savile's "horrific abuse was allowed to go on for so long" shows the need to learn lessons, which is why the government set up the Kate Lampard review. She said decisions on prosecutions are a matter for the prosecuting authorities, the issue for the government is "to make sure such horrific abuse does not happen in future".

    The spokeswoman said there are already stronger incentives for staff and managers to pass on information about their concerns, but she said "the prime minister wants to do more". She said he is committed to consulting on mandatory reporting of child abuse and will now seek to extend that to vulnerable adults too.

     
  76.  
    12:03: 'Jihadi John' named Carole Walker Political correspondent, BBC News

    A spokeswoman for the Prime Minister said she would not confirm or deny reports that Jihadi John has been named as Mohammed Emwazi. She said "we do not confirm or deny matters relating to the intelligence services". On the alleged murders of British hostages, she said "we are absolutely determined to bring the perpetrators to justice" and said the police and security services are working hard to do that.

     
  77.  
    11:59: A packed show Daily Politics Live on BBC Two

    Coming up on the Daily Politics from 12:00-13:00: Andrew Neil and Jo Coburn on the report into Jimmy Savile which described him as an "opportunistic predator" at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, and talking migration figures with UKIP's Steven Woolfe and Labour's David Hanson, plus the future of the BBC licence fee.

    They will also hear about Ivan Massow's bid to be a future mayor of London, and he talks gay politics with Peter Tatchell. And Conservative MP Robert Jenrick, will draw on his past work for Christies, as he looks at the finances and rare antiquities of the so-called Islamic State (ISIS).

    You can watch the programme live on the 'Live coverage' tab above.

     
  78.  
    11:54: Chart: Net migration over the years
    Net migration over the years
     
  79.  
    Hugh Pym Health editor

    tweets: Andy Burnham calls for more formal inquiry into role of Dept of Health,ministers,hospital chiefs in giving Savile power at Stoke Mandeville

     
  80.  
    11:50: Labour response on Savile House of Commons Parliament
    Andy Burnham

    Shadow health Secretary Andy Burnham lends Labour's support to Jeremy Hunt's announcement. "It beggars belief that abuse on this scale known to many people was allowed to go on", he says. He adds that increasing accountability must now be the priority for "this government and the next, and the next".

     
  81.  
    11:48: Hunt statement on Savile abuse House of Commons Parliament

    Jeremy Hunt says the government will now consult on making the reporting of sexual abuse of children and adults mandatory, with a view to implementing the change.

     
  82.  
    11:47: Hunt statement on Savile abuse House of Commons Parliament

    Mr Hunt says he is not accepting the recommendation that all volunteers should have an increased criminal record check, as it would be wrong to substitute national database for "local common sense". He adds that this measure would not have stopped Jimmy Savile - a fact conceded by Kate Lampard.

     
  83.  
    11:44: PM on migration figures

    Downing Street has reacted to the migration figures. A spokeswoman said the Prime Minister "is disappointed".

    "He had said previously that we have not made as much progress as he would like but he had also said that he doesn't regret making this commitment because he thinks it is in the interests of our country, that we will have a better, stronger country, if we have lower net migration."

     
  84.  
    11:40: Hunt statement on Savile abuse House of Commons Parliament
    Jeremy Hunt

    There are further investigations going on in schools and hospitals, Mr Hunt says, and he encourages victims to come forward.

    He tells MPs that the report found that Jimmy Savile exploited his victims because of the specialist care were only be able to receive at Stoke Mandeville Hospital.

    Nine complaints were made, including one formal complaint, but all were ignored because of Savile's celebrity status and the money he brought to the hospital, Mr Hunt says.

     
  85.  
    11:38: Hunt statement on Savile abuse

    More from the health secretary's statement: "We have a collective responsibility to investigate all serious allegations properly in a way that simply didn't happen time after time."

     
  86.  
    11:35: Breaking News

    Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has begun giving an oral statement in the Commons on the Savile abuse reports. "Never again must the power of money or celebrity blind us to ... clear signals" that minors were being abused, he says.

     
  87.  
    11:34: House building plan

    Mr Cable says there is a "massive" issue of affordability, especially in London. He adds the housing crisis is "profoundly damaging", and that more needs to be done to help builders access finance. Councils should also be encouraged to build houses, and more public land should be freed up for development, he adds.

     
  88.  
    11:30: House building plan unveiled
    A general view of roof workers building new houses

    Plans to tackle the housing crisis, including building more homes off-site to cut costs and increase productivity, have been unveiled by the government. Business Secretary Vince Cable says there is an urgent demand for new, affordable homes because only 150,000 houses were built last year, half the number needed.

     
  89.  
    Immigration Terence Ward from Cheshire

    These numbers show that currently the UK government has no powers to police our borders. Something needs to change, either change EU laws to allow us to control our borders from poorer EU countries or we have to seriously think about our membership of the EU. I don't want to leave the EU if it is agreed it is better to stay but we are under an attack of immigrants who are flocking here for a better life, which is in turn changing life as we know it in a detrimental way.

     
  90.  
    11:21: Rotherham commissioners announced

    Communities secretary Eric Pickles has just announced the commissioners he will be nominating to investigate the Rotherham child abuse scandal. He has nominated Sir Derek Myers to be the Lead Commissioner. Stella Manzie CBE will take the role of the managing director commissioner, and Malcolm Newsam will be nominated as children's social care commissioner. Mary Ney and Julie Kenny CBE will be nominated as supporting commissioners.

     
  91.  
    11:12: Minister criticises rival parties BBC News Channel

    James Brokenshire also tells Norman Smith that "unfortunately" the Lib Dems and Labour are not committed in the same way to cutting migration numbers to sustainable levels as the Conservatives are "and", he adds, "UKIP certainly don't have any answers".

     
  92.  
    11:12: 'Sustainable levels' of migration is target BBC News Channel
    James Brokenshire

    Asked by Norman Smith if the target of getting net migration below 100,000 will be a pledge again at this year's election James Brokenshire says the Conservatives' goal remains to get net migration figures down to long-term sustainable levels.

     
  93.  
    11:04: Minister blames EU and Lib Dems BBC News Channel

    In an interview with Norman Smith to be shown shortly on the BBC News Channel, immigration minister James Brokenshire says the net migration stats - up to 298,000 in the new figures for the year to September 2014 - are disappointing. But he says the government has "said for some time that our target of reducing net migration... would not be met because of the pressures from the EU. We have also been constrained in government by Liberal Democrats who don't have that same aim and focus on reducing net migration down."

     
  94.  
    10:58: What would Labour do? BBC News Channel

    Asked what Labour do, Yvette Cooper says there would be "much stronger" border controls to tackle illegal immigration with 1,000 more border staff paid for by visa charges, more investment in the skills and apprenticeships "we need in Britain" and tighter controls "on areas being abused by people overstaying".

     
  95.  
    10:50: Unskilled workers BBC News Channel

    Yvette Cooper tells Norman Smith that skilled and talented people are needed but the migration figures reflect the fact not enough effort is being put into training British people via apprenticeships. The shadow home secretary also says there are recruitment agencies bringing in low paid unskilled workers, which needs to be tackled.

     
  96.  
    10:42: Labour: Cameron policy 'in tatters' BBC News Channel
    Yvette Cooper

    Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper has told Norman Smith in an interview to appear on the BBC News Channel shortly that the migration figures showed David Cameron's policy was "in tatters". She says immigration needs to be controlled in a way that is "fair" and criticises David Cameron and Theresa May for making "grand promises".

     
  97.  
    10:36: One in six chance of 'Brexit'
    European Union flags flutter outside the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels

    There is about a one-in-six chance of the UK leaving the European Union over the course of the next Parliament, according to a new Brexit Barometer. The measure, drawn up by think tank OpenEurope, puts the chance of the UK quitting Europe at 17%, with an overwhelming 83% likelihood it will stay. A poll carried out for OpenEurope suggested that 41% of voters would opt to quit the EU and just 37% to stay in, if a referendum was held under the current terms of membership. But positions were reversed - with 47% voting to remain and 32% to leave - if the 28-nation bloc was successfully reformed.

     
  98.  
    10:31: 'Outward-facing' UK

    Migrants' Rights Network director Don Flynn says the latest migration figures reflect the UK's growing economy: "What these numbers show is that Britain is more than ever an outward-facing, globalised country with a diverse and hardworking population from overseas."

     
  99.  
    10:31: Net migration target

    "Rising work-related migration from outside the EU has also contributed." Sunder Katwala, director of British Future, says of today's immigration figures. "If the Prime Minister remains in denial about the broken target, he is setting himself up for five more years of failure. It is already clear there is next to no chance of meeting the same target in the next parliament either."

     
  100.  
    10:30: Immigration

    Madeleine Sumption, director of the Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford, says UK job growth is likely to be a key factor behind the recent increase in net migration. "If the UK's economic performance compared to the rest of the EU had been poor, then we might well have seen net migration fall, but that has not happened," she adds

     

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