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

Quick's error forced seizure of suspects 'weeks ahead of schedule'

Intelligence from Pakistan tipped off Whitehall and the alleged plotters were allowed into the UK under surveillance. Then Met chief put operation in jeopardy, and raids were brought forward. Vital evidence may now never be collected

The Sketch: Migration debates sound better with Carla Bruni

"Was that Carla Bruni on your phone?" I asked. Anthony Steen replied with fine comic timing. "I don't know, I didn't answer it."

That's for backing Heathrow's third runway, Lord Mandelson

Business Secretary who backed airport's expansion laughs off ambush by green campaigner as an 'adolescent prank'

Ministers 'fizzing' over early release of immigration data

Government accuses statistics office of playing sinister game of politics

One in nine people who live in UK born abroad

Recession slows influx of eastern European workers

Deporting gay asylum-seeker 'was unlawful'

High Court orders Home Secretary to find and return 38-year-old man to Britain

University offers £2,000 for graduates to stay on

Move will help Durham stay high in league tables

Footballers win exemption from English tests

Foreign footballers have been given a special exemption from rules requiring them to learn English which apply to other workers from overseas, it was revealed today.

Phil Woolas: You Ask The Questions

The Immigration Minister answers your questions, such as 'Is our immigration system unmerciful?' and 'How will the recession affect it?'

Leading article: Talking sense on immigration

The decision by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, to commission a study into the impact of an amnesty for illegal immigrants has not gone down well in Westminster. Mr Johnson's party leader, David Cameron, has refused to endorse the idea, and the Immigration minister, Phil Woolas, has described Mr Johnson as both "naive in the extreme" and a "nincompoop".

Immigration soars to highest level in years

Immigration outstripped the number of people leaving Britain by 237,000 last year, despite a fall in people coming to settle.

Woolas sticks by promise

Immigration minister Phil Woolas today said he stuck by his controversial promise that the Government will not allow the UK's population to rise as high as 70 million.

Quotes of the day - 23 October 2008

"He has taken up more positions on immigration than someone in training with the Kama Sutra" - Liberal Democratic home affairs spokesman Chris Huhne on Phil Woolas who, he said, had made a "cack-handed" start as Immigration Minister.

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