News The Prime Minister's authority was challenged by his own backbenchers as they demanded a tougher line on deporting foreign criminals from Britain

More than 80 backbenchers had demanded a tougher line on deporting foreign criminals from Britain

Harper: 'We have extended our controls to the legal maximum'

Minister dismisses fears of new year tide of Romanians and Bulgarians migrants

The Government has refused repeated demands to publish or commission estimates of the numbers expected to enter Britain

Foreign workers in Qatar are beholden to employers who sponsor their visas

Fifa must address abuse of 2022 World Cup workers in Qatar, Amnesty says

Fifa, international football’s governing body, must urgently address Qatar’s exploitation of migrant workers that has become “routine and widespread”, a new report warns.

Previously unknown Greek group claims responsibility for Golden Dawn shootings

‘Militant People's Revolutionary Forces’ said the drive-by attack was in retaliation for murder of anti-fascism rapper Pavlos Fissas

Fijian soldier Filimone Lacanivalu granted residency to stay in the UK

Mr Lacanivalu fought during two tours in Afghanistan and served with the British Army for nine years but faced being deported to Fiji

Queues at Border Control in Terminal Five of London's Heathrow Airport

Want to dodge the queues at UK passport control? The Home Office says you may soon be able to... for a price

Hollidaymakers and business travellers could soon skip arrival hall delays by paying an extra fee

Yes, he has to wear a wedding ring. Unless he is Gollum, it doesn't hurt us, Precious. And how else do you think other women will know not to fall in love with him?

Border police storm genuine wedding, which they suspected was a sham

Couple were separated and questioned for half an hour before ceremony resumed

Too much 'stick' and not enough 'carrots': Government's policy on illegal immigrants criticised

Home Affairs Select Committee says fewer than one in 50 reports of illegal immigration results in a person being removed from the UK

Prosecutors have called for Roberto Calderoli to stand trial for the racial abuse he aimed at the country's first black cabinet minister

Senior Italian politician charged with 'defamation aggravated by racial discrimination'

Roberto Calderoli fails to shrug off storm over 'orangutan' comment directed at Congolese-born integration minister

Theresa May has announced the

Are you Great enough for Britain? Home Office launches exclusive invitation-only visa service for world’s most successful business executives

Theresa May promises she will ‘respond to the needs of high-value and high-profile’ tycoons

The girl, thought to be 14 or 15, was found on 11 October

Police identify mystery teenage girl found wandering the streets of Dublin

Authorities are liaising with Australian police over 14 or 15-year-old girl, who initially was believed to be of European origin

Andy McSmith's Diary: Magnitsky's law will be the legacy he deserved

Our man in Westminster

Gerrard: 'It's a big massive picture of the Croatia game in 2007'

England v Poland: Steven Gerrard backs England fans to drown out 20,000 Poles at Wembley

The Football Association have increased Polish fans' ticket allocation for the World Cup qualifier at Wemebley but Gerrard feels it will only add to the atmosphere

David Cameron promotes business leaders' plan to slash Brussels red tape with blueprint to sweep away EU rules and regulations

PM prepares new blueprint for EU as row grows over migrant figures

It is hoped George Osborne and Boris Johnson's joint visit to China might stimulate interest in UK business

Boris Johnson casts doubt over George Osborne’s Chinese 'super priority' visa plan

London Mayor questions ‘unclear’ proposals during trade visit

The dead and survivors from Friday’s disaster were plucked from the sea and arrived in Malta yesterday

Another week, another boat disaster: Does no one know how to stem human tide that is turning the Mediterranean into 'a migrants' cemetery'?

Whether or not they knew of the earlier disaster, more desperate migrants risked their lives to reach Europe on Friday, and at least 34 died

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