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Eric Pickles, the Communities Secretary, yesterday revealed the existence of the estimates

A flood of immigrants? More like a trickle says Whitehall research into end of restrictions for Romanians and Bulgarians

Just a trickle of Romanians and Bulgarians could come to Britain when restrictions on them living and working in this country are lifted at the end of the year, previously unpublicised Whitehall research suggested tonight.

UKIP leader, Nigel Farage

Labour draws level with Government on economic competence but Ukip is gaining ground, study shows

Labour has drawn level with the Government on economic competence but Ed Miliband may not reap the benefit from it at the next general election, according to a new study.

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We don't mind austerity - when it's not George Osborne's idea (or Ed Balls's for that matter)

Voters accept austerity – except when they’re told its George Osborne’s idea, an intriguing poll has found.

Questionable Time: The panel show waters are treacherous, will Stephen Twigg and Kenneth Clarke make it ashore?

Plus: Who, in the name of Jaws 2, is this Diane James?

Editorial: Ukip shows its true colours

Nigel Farage is accused of dog whistle politics on migration. The foghorn, more like

David Cameron faces backlash from Conservative right as Ukip attract votes from 'blue-collar Tories'

Coming in third - after UKIP - seen as evidence that PM's rebranding campaign has gone too far

Ukip leader Nigel Farage in laughjing mood after the by-election result in Eastleigh, Hampshire

Humiliated yet defiant: Conservatives say they won't change direction despite coming third behind Ukip and Lib Dems in Eastleigh by-election

Lib Dem candidate Mike Thornton wins seat but with greatly reduced majority of 1,771

John Curtice: Ukip are the moral victors of Eastleigh

The party has once again scaled heights that only a little while ago seemed unimaginable

Calamitous result for Conservatives as Lib Dems win Eastleigh

The confidence boost for Clegg will lead to more stability at the top of the Coalition

Eastleigh result was a stunning victory, says Clegg

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has hailed his party's success in the Eastleigh by-election, telling activists in the Hampshire town: “We held our nerve, we stood our ground... we overcame the odds and we won a stunning victory.”

Liberal Democrat candidate Mike Thornton (left), Conservative candidate Maria Hutchings and Ukip candidate Diane James all on the trail at Eastleigh

Pick any one from three: tensions rise with Eastleigh result on a knife edge

Ukip leader Nigel Farage would be 'very disappointed' if his party came third

Nigel Farage talks to a local in Eastleigh yesterday

Ukip could challenge Lib Dems and Tories for second 'photo finish' predicted in by-election

The most critical and closely fought by-election since the general election is heading today to a dramatic finish.

Nick Clegg arrives at a meeting in Amsterdam

Lib Dems hit new poll low as Rennard faces police probe

Independent survey finds party sinking to fourth after harassment claims

Ukip MEP Marta Andreasen defects to the Tories and launches attack on Nigel Farage

David Cameron received a boost when a UK Independence Party MEP revealed she was defecting to the Tories.

UKIP leader, Nigel Farage

The time has come, but who will be the inaugural winner of the Contrarian Prize?

In a world where those who never dare to question the status quo seem to prosper most, the Contrarian Prize recognises this nation's heroes of conscience

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