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On the ropes: Net migration is now at its highest level for nine years and 54,000 higher than when the Coalition was formed

David Cameron: We can still cut immigration to below 100,000 a year

The Prime Minister will make the pledge despite the fact that net migration is now at its highest level for nine years

Image from a flyer at the CPAC event where Nigel Farage will be speaking

US Republicans see Nigel Farage as 'serious and viable candidate who can run England in the near future'

This is how the US right sees the Ukip leader

David Cameron left immigration off his six 'key themes' for the Tory general election manifesto – now we know why

Migration figures: Britons think immigration is good for sport, bad for the NHS but doesn't really affect them personally, poll finds

New figures today showed net migration is now three times higher than pledged by David Cameron in 2010

Former Arsenal and England star, Sol Campbell

Sol Campbell confirms intentions to run for London Mayor: 'I have got so much to offer'

Campbell has previously appeared on television defending Tory policies

David Cameron during his speech about retirement, in Hastings on Monday (AP)

David Cameron immigration pledge 'failed spectacularly' as figures show net migration almost three times as high as Tories promised

Office for National Statistics announces a net flow of 298,000 migrants to the UK in the 12 months to last September

Ed Balls was asked about his sexual prowess during a birthday appearance on LBC Radio

Ed Balls on Mumsnet: Shadow Chancellor says he is a 'long, slow burn' in the bedroom when asked about being named a 'sexy beast' by mums

Balls joked that a recent Mumsnet discussion on which politician 'would make the best lover' had made Ed Miliband jealous

Local councils in Manchester will control their own NHS budget

Manchester plan for 'joined-up' NHS and social care could go national

Radical scheme would break down barriers to produce a joined-up service

Q&A: NHS budget plans for Greater Manchester

The groundbreaking devolved budget will be announced on Friday

Ed Miliband will claim that young people are better off voting for a Labour government

General Election 2015: Ed Miliband to step up Labour's drive to woo young voters

Miliband is expected to confirm Labour's plan to cut tuition fees to £6,000

Genetically modified maize in Shropshire

EU regulations on genetically modified crops prevent Britain's agricultural progress, say MPs

A Parliamentary committee says Europe's guidelines are “not fit for purpose”

David Cameron speaks during Prime Minister's Questions

Sketch: Sir Peter Tapsell earns his keep by coming to the PM’s aid

Sir Peter Tapsell is rarely predictable. You never know if the father of the House will be helpful to his leader. But today he was gallantry itself, making Cameron’s case with a robustness that had eluded the PM. If MPs were not allowed a second job, they would soon be “confined to the inheritors of substantial fortunes or to those with rich spouses, or to obsessive crackpots or those who are unemployable anywhere else”.

Tower Hamlets Mayor Lutfur Rahman leaving The High Court

Mayor of Tower Hamlets Lutfur Rahman: I’m not a fraudster

Four voters have taken legal action against him over a series of allegations, including personation in postal voting and at polling stations

Russian President Vladimir Putin, pictured in Budapest last week

Old military hands are using Putin as a bogeyman

Ex-generals are wheeled around television studios to fight the media battle

Ed Miliband during a heated debate at PMQs

Labour proposal to ban MPs from taking second jobs thrown out by House of Common

It would create 'low-achieving, shallow' MPs, claims former Tory minister

Anna Soubry, Minister for Welfare, Personnel and Veterans at the Ministry of Defence

Andy McSmith's Diary: Anna Soubry threatens to sue while the Wicca give the army a boost

The Minister for Welfare rejected claims she had sworn at Ed Miliband

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Andy McSmith's Diary: Sting in the tail for Jack Straw, a bridge too far for Malcolm Rifkind

Sir Malcolm Rifkind is an aloof grandee who never took much trouble making friends or remembering names. Jack Straw has spent 35 years in the Commons being friendly and keeping his enemies to a minimum. Both, it is assumed, have destroyed their chances of being elevated to the House of Lords after the latest lobbying scandal, but Straw can take some comfort from the reactions of other MPs when he made a reappearance in Parliament today. As he was speaking in the Commons, the maverick right-wing Tory, Jacob Rees Mogg, interrupted to pay tribute to Straw’s “amazing chairmanship” of a committee set up to sort out the fractious argument over the appointment of a new Clerk of the Commons. “It was amazing to see so sophisticated and capable an operator steer us through... I hope he doesn’t mind me interrupting him to put that on the record,” said Mogg.

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