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Sorry, Mr Sleeper!

  • Newsnight
  • 8 Nov 07, 02:51 PM

speaker203100.jpgLib Dem leadership candidate Chris Huhne publicly apologised to Speaker Michael Martin in the Commons today. Why? For suggesting during his appearance on Newsnight on Tuesday that the Speaker had nodded off while Gordon Brown was on his feet.

But it seems it was far too rowdy for anyone to get forty winks during the debate that followed the Queen's Speech. As Mr Martin himself confirmed: "it was too noisy to fall asleep that day."

UPDATE: Thurs 8 Nov 17:24 - we now have the video. Watch the apology here.

Thursday, 8 November, 2007 - The Big Immigration Debate

  • Newsnight
  • 8 Nov 07, 01:12 PM

Tonight, in a broadcasting first, Newsnight and Radio 5 Live will be jointly hosting the BIG immigration debate.

immigrationlogo_203.jpgAn expert panel will join Gavin Esler in the Newsnight studio. Richard Bacon will be taking texts, emails and calls live on air. Both will be putting questions to politicians from the three main parties.

We've already had a fantastic response on our blog asking for views on the government's record, whether limits should be imposed and if we have benefited economically and culturally from immigration.

Our poll findings have been interesting. 72% of the respondents believe the government is doing a “poor” job in its handling of immigration, while nearly 62% thought that Britain would lose its unique identity if immigration continues at its present rate.

In relation to employment, 52% of those surveyed believed that immigration posed a threat to UK jobs. However, 46% felt that without immigrants coming to the UK the economy would ultimately suffer.

One thing I can say is tonight will be a must watch. Do join us, and Radio 5 Live, for a piece of broadcasting history.

If you want to take part in the programme you can call the usual 5 Live number - 0500 909693 - it's a free call from any UK landline. You can also email or text us on 85058. Alternatively, you can post your comments below.

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