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Labour backbencher Marsha Singh is to step down as an MP, triggering a by-election in his Bradford West constituency.

Outrage over Home Office Minister Phil Woolas' immigration comments

Home Office Minister Phil Woolas provoked outrage today after he claimed immigration officials were "putting their lives on the line" for the country.

Minister steps in to revive Everton's doomed Kirby project

The immigration minister and North West MP Phil Woolas has attempted to explore ways of reviving Everton's plans for a 50,000 capacity ground, by meeting with local Knowsley Council yesterday.

Record numbers leaving Britain

The number of people leaving the country hit a record high last year, driven by Eastern European workers returning home, according to official statistics released yesterday.

Number quitting UK hits record high

The number of people leaving the country hit a record high last year - driven by Eastern European workers returning home, figures revealed today.

Child numbers at immigration centres revealed

More than 1,300 children were detained at three immigration removal centres in the UK during a 15-month period, figures revealed today.

Allowance cut 'hits the vulnerable'

Cuts in allowances for asylum seekers, including single parents, are provoking fury among children’s groups and Labour MPs.

Civil servants first Britons to get ID cards

Phil Woolas, the Immigration minister, faced ridicule last night after announcing that his own civil servants would be the first Britons to be issued with identity cards. He told MPs that applications for the £30 cards could be made by UK nationals from next Tuesday.

Army chiefs turn guns on 'political' Dannatt

The fallout from the Conservatives' recruitment of General Sir Richard Dannatt, the former head of the Army, gathered pace yesterday, when senior military officers criticised the appointment.

Failure to vet immigrants from Pakistan 'a threat to security'

Officials interviewed only 29 applicants in nine months

UK population hits 61 million

The UK population increased by a record amount last year to top 61 million for the first time, figures revealed today.

Labour unveils points system for immigrants

The government has proposed the creation of a new category of “probationary citizen” whose application for a British passport can be sped up or slowed down on the basis of a points system that evaluates their conduct.

Immigration plan will reward returns home

Immigrants could speed their progress towards British citizenship - by returning to their home country, it was revealed today.

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MPs face the holiday from hell

Angry spouses, abusive constituents and a parliamentary expenses investigator on their case: it's no wonder that many of the MPs who break up for the summer recess today believe the next three months will be anything but restful

Britain pledges £15m to tighten border controls

Britain today promised £15 million to tighten border controls in French ports where hundreds of would-be migrants gather in the hope of smuggling themselves into the UK.

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