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than two decades and twothirds of that rise would be driven by immigration.
The population stood at 61.14 million last June, the most recent estimate. Of that, 6.97million were people who were born overseas — 11.4 per cent, the highest proportion on record. About a third of those had been given British citizenship since arriving.
The proportion had been rising steadily year on year and was almost double the 6.7 per cent recorded in 1991 when the foreign-born population stood at 3.85million.
Some 762,000 of those now in Britain came from those eastern European nations admitted to the European Union in 2004, which gave them access to the jobs market. The majority, 4.7million, were people born outside Europe.
Britain now had a higher proportion of foreign-born residents than European neighbours such as France and Italy. One in four babies was now born to a foreign mother, another record. In 1998, less than 14 per cent of babies were to a mother who had been born overseas.
Nicholas Soames, the Tory co-chairman of the CrossParty Group on Balanced Migration, said Labour’s “spineless and futile” attempts to control immigration had left a “grave situation”.
“This is the whole point of the problem and why it has got to be dealt with,” he said. “Immigration under the last government became completely out of control and it led, down the years, to what the Prime Minister has referred to as an imbalance.”
In 2009, Andrew Neather, a former adviser to Tony Blair,
‘I’ve got nothing against Lib Dems, I just think they should try to integrate’
claimed that the sharp increase in migrants over the previous 10 years was partly due to a politically motivated attempt to boost multiculturalism. He said Labour’s relaxation of controls in 2000-01 was a deliberate plan to “open up the UK to mass migration” but ministers were reluctant to discuss such a move publicly for fear it would alienate its “core working-class vote”.
Cabinet ministers at the time denied any suggestions of “secret plots”.
The Labour government claimed that immigrants brought economic benefits and had the net effect of boosting gross domestic product by £6 billion a year.
However, in 2008, an inquiry by the Lords’ economic affairs committee, which included two former chancellors and a Labour economist, said such a measure was meaningless because it gave no indication of the benefit to each member of the population.
Evidence by Home Office officials to the inquiry estimated that the annual benefit of migration to the native population, which was known as gross domestic product per capita, was £30 a year, or 58p a week, in 2006.
David Coleman, an Oxford University academic, estimated in 2007 that immigrants cost the taxpayer £8.8 billion a year, when social costs such as pressure on public services, running the asylum system and teaching English were taken into account.
Nigel Farage, the Ukip leader, said free movement within the EU would hamper any Coalition attempts to cut immigration. “It is clear that we cannot have our own immigration policy while we remain in the European Union,” he said.
Damian Green, the immigration minister, said: “As the Prime Minister made clear today, the last 10 years have seen record levels of immigration, and the British public quite rightly want to see these levels drastically reduced.
“That is why the Government is committed to reforming the immigration system, bringing net migration back down to the tens of thousands and clamping down on any abuses. We have introduced a new limit on economic migrants from outside the EU, major changes to the student route, and will soon unveil our proposals to reform both the family and settlement routes to the UK.”
Sir Andrew Green, the chairman of Migration Watch UK, said: “These numbers illustrate the huge impact on all aspects of our society as a result of the mass immigration. The churn is enormous, with real and serious consequences.”
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FORECASTERS are predicting a fine and dry Easter weekend, but the annual getaway is likely to be worse than usual this year because of the closure of the M1.
Britain is set to bask in glorious sunshine this week, with temperatures likely to be higher than those in Rome, as the country heads into a balmy Easter holiday.
The Met Office said temperatures in London and the South East would be in the high teens all week, peaking at 22C (72F) on Thursday.
Drivers have been warned that the M1 motorway may not fully reopen until late this week. A blaze at a scrapyard under an elevated section of the motorway just outside London last Friday caused damage to the bridge’s structure.
Although one northbound lane reopened last Saturday, Mike Penning, the Transport Minister, said the full three lanes of each carriageway might not reopen until “the middle to the end of next week” because parts of the structure remained unsafe.
CAMBRIDGE has been named the leading university in Britain after overtaking Oxford in a league table published this week.
It is only the second time in a decade that Cambridge has beaten its rival in rankings compiled by The Complete University Guide. The tables measure 116 universities by nine indicators including research, degree scores and job prospects. There was a sharp increase in the entry standards achieved, amid rising demand for the most sought-after places.
By James Kirkup Political Correspondent DAVID CAMERON has raised the prospect of British troops operating inside Libya by declaring that Britain is preparing to “do more” to help rebels struggling to oust Colonel Muammar Gaddafi.
The Prime Minister insisted that there would be no “occupation” of Libya, but repeatedly refused to rule out short-lived ground-level operations by British forces. Mr Cameron’s words, in a television interview, led to renewed warnings of “mission creep” in Libya.
After more than four weeks of air strikes by Nato, Col Gaddafi’s regime survives and the rebels trying to oust him have made little significant progress towards Tripoli. The Libyan government assault on the town of Misurata has added to pressure on Western leaders to intensify their intervention, and Mr Cameron said that he was examining options for doing more to help the rebels.
“We have to ask ourselves what more can we do to protect civilian life and to stop Gaddafi’s war machine unleashing such hell on his own people,” he said.
Britain has already given body armour and communications technology to the rebels.
“We’re looking at those things and what else we can do,” Mr Cameron said.
It is understood that British Special Forces soldiers are already operating inside Libya and some military experts have suggested that those troops could be asked to help train and lead rebel forces.
Air strikes are taking place under UN Security Council Resolution 1973, which authorised member states to take “all necessary measures” to protect Libyan civilians, while “excluding a foreign occupation force of any form”. Mr Cameron said that restriction had complicated the Western intervention. “Because we’ve said we’re not going to invade, we’re not going to occupy, this is more difficult in many ways,” he said. Asked if he was categorically ruling out putting any form of British forces on the ground in Libya, Mr Cameron replied: “What I’ve said is there is no occupying force, no invasion. The position hasn’t changed.”
Asked whether a “temporary” ground operation was possible, he said: “I’ve answered the question. We’re not occupying, we’re not invading.”
Sir Menzies Campbell, the former Liberal Democrat leader, said Mr Cameron had opened up the possibility of British ground forces operating in Libya.
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By David Millward and Thomas Harding SECRET information from at least three separate government departments is available on the internet because of incompetent handling of sensitive material by Whitehall officials.
The Ministry of Defence, the Department of Health and the Department for Communities and Local Government have published sensitive documents online, but then failed to properly “redact” classified information.
As a result, information that is supposed to be hidden from public view can be read by anyone with access to a computer.
The Telegraph discovered the security breaches on Sunday after the Ministry of Defence admitted that secrets about Britain’s nuclear submarines were obtainable from a government report online.
A technical error meant blacked-out parts of the report could be read by “copying and pasting” its contents into another document.
Details included expert opinion on how well the fleet could cope with a catastrophic accident. It was replaced with a secure version of the document on Sunday, but a review of other documents on government websites uncovered four similar examples across three separate Whitehall departments.
The material relates to Whitehall documents published under the Freedom of Information Act. Such papers are supposed to be examined and “redacted” to ensure that sensitive information is removed.
After examining a small sample of the thousands of documents published under FOI laws, The Telegraph was able to uncover information that should remain confidential under the law. Many of the security breaches have arisen from the way some documents are redacted in electronic form.
Some officials use a software programme such as Photoshop to paste a black patch over secret text, obscuring it but not removing it. When documents are edited in this way, normal home or office software can disclose the obscured text.
Among the lapses this newspaper discovered were: ŠAn email to the Department for Trade and Investment (now the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills) in which a business leader detailed “concerns” about a governmentsponsored agency appointed to identify gaps in the skills market. Officials blacked out a passage in which the author questioned whether Semta, a skills council that allocates £65million a year in training grants, could turn its “aspiration to practical delivery/results on the ground where we believe the jury is still out”. ŠAnother MoD document relating to a military submarine project, where lax IT security allowed the names of officials handling sensitive documents to be revealed. ŠA Department of Health document detailing a private meeting to discuss contaminated blood. The names of officials and experts involved had simply been blacked out with a marker pen, and could be read by printing the document and holding it up to the light.
At the weekend, the MoD started a review of dozens of documents and a series of other damaging data protection lapses. Patrick Mercer, Tory MP for Newark and a former army officer, said he would raise the issue of data security in Parliament. “Clearly there are issues which are sensitive and should be concealed,” he said. “If they are supposed to be concealed then for God’s sake conceal them.”
The initial MoD error exposed technical information about the Royal Navy’s ageing nuclear submarines. Following a request under FOI laws, the department published a paper that warned that Britain’s submarinebased reactors were not as safe as they could be. Information that was supposed to be redacted from the document included details of what could cause a “catastrophic” meltdown in the reactors
A Department of Communities and Local Government spokesman said: “There are robust procedures in place to protect personal details in FOI answers. Any replies that do not conform to those procedures will be investigated.”
A young member of the Life Guard Household Cavalry looks unimpressed after being thrown from his mount during a rehearsal for the royal wedding in Hyde Park last Thursday
Kate Middleton arrived for the Westminster Abbey wedding rehearsal by a side entrance
By Gordon Rayner and Andrew Hough THE countdown to the royal wedding began in earnest last week when Kate Middleton attended a rehearsal at Westminster Abbey. Miss Middleton was said to be “relaxed but excited” as she was guided through the service by the Dean of Westminster, the Very Rev John Hall.
Prince Harry, who will be his brother’s best man, was also present at the half-hour “walk-through” for the bridal party along with Miss Middleton’s sister Pippa, who will be maid of honour, and the bridesmaids and page boys.
St James’s Palace has issued a minute-by-minute timetable for the wedding day on April 29, which shows that Prince William will have to wait at the abbey for 45 minutes for the arrival of his bride-to-be.
The royal party managed to slip into the abbey at 8.45am via a side entrance away from the gaze of tourists, who were told the building was temporarily closed for the rehearsal.
A witness inside the abbey said Miss Middleton, who was dressed casually, arrived with Prince Harry.
Despite Miss Middleton’s recent admission to prewedding nerves, the witness said: “They were not worried, they all seemed quite excited. Catherine was very relaxed. Certainly the youngsters were quite excited.”
The rehearsal will be the last time the pageboys and bridesmaids, who are as young as three, have a chance to practise walking down the aisle. Other rehearsals for musicians and ministers were due to be held this week. Miss Middleton and Prince William, who could not attend because he was on duty with the RAF, will attend a rehearsal together a week before the wedding. Meanwhile there were reports that the couple want to honeymoon in Jordan, visiting Petra and the Wadi Rum desert valley, though their destination is a closely guarded secret.
Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister who is responsible for constitutional reform, was reported to be pushing to scrap male primogeniture so that a princess born to the royal couple could remain first in line. However, this would require an Act of Parliament and legislation in 15 other Commonwealth countries.
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By Tim Ross, James Kirkup and Nick Collins LABOUR councils are cutting spending on libraries, nurseries and other public services while sitting on cash reserves of hundreds of millions of pounds, the Conservatives have claimed.
attempting to “divert attention” away from the Coalition’s decision to hit communities with “the worst cuts in a generation”.
While Ed Miliband, the Labour leader, has attacked the Coalition for cutting state spending, a new analysis of council figures suggests that Labour local authorities are hoarding funds instead of using them to keep services open.
Grant Shapps, the Conservative local government minister, accused the councils of “totally unacceptable” behaviour and urged local authorities to be more willing to spend their reserves to ease the pain of reducing the deficit.
Labour responded by accusing the Tories of
Reduced budgets for local services, including child care, libraries, road maintenance and street cleaning, are expected to be a central concern for voters at next month’s local elections.
According to the Conservative Party analysis, Nottingham council is increasing charges for adult social care, reducing highways maintenance and reducing support for the unemployed while sitting on cash reserves of £50.7million.
In Liverpool, the council’s cash reserves are increasing to £121.7million — enough to build four new secondary schools — while nurseries, libraries and leisure centres are stripped of funds.
Labour-run Lambeth, in south London, one of the poorest boroughs in the country, is expected to close libraries but maintains reserves of £93.7million.
Mr Shapps said: “People will rightly be shocked that Labour councils have billions stashed away when they hear stories of cuts to local services,” he said.
“Sensible financial planning is about putting cash away when the sun is shining so you have some cover during the rainy days,” he said. “Thanks to Labour’s deficit, it is now pouring. These reserves exist to ensure councils can react to unforeseen situations like clearing up the economic mess left by Labour.
“They should learn from the Conservative councils across the country who are finding innovative ways to save local taxpayers money while delivering more for less.”
Graham Chapman, the deputy leader of Nottingham City Council, said most of the authority’s £50million reserve was already allocated for services such as education and could not be spent on other areas.
A Labour Party spokesman said voters “won’t be fooled” by the attempt to distract attention from the “Tory-led Government’s decision to hit councils with cuts that go too far, too fast”.
“Tory councils have some of the biggest reserves in the country. Even the local government minister’s [Bob Neill] Tory-run council in Bromley has refused to spend its reserves, at the same time as carrying out £33million of cuts to local jobs and front line services,” he said.
The Conservatives’ analysis said that Labour-run Manchester council was cutting libraries and street cleaning while sitting on reserves of £95.2 million.