Government advisors back heavy cut in visa

Tough new limits stopping tens of thousands of students and skilled workers entering the UK were recommended yesterday by the Government's advisers on immigration.

Amol Rajan: Andy Neather and the hysteria over immigration

Andy Neather has written a spirited defence of both his column last Friday, and of a proper debate on immigration. He has been (wrongly) accused of "revealing" a "secret plot" by Barbara Roche (for whom he used to write speeches) to conceal Labour's plans to change Britain irreversibly, by allowing an infinite number of undesirables to come to Britain.

Sky's man in hot water over racist remark

Ron Atkinson never fully recovered. Will Dick Best?

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Leading Article: Brickbats and slurs

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Record numbers granted citizenship

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