PM sticks to his target as immigration hits 300,000

David Cameron insisted today that his ambition is still to reduce net migration to under 100,000 a year despite official figures showing the number has soared to over 300,000. Net migration is now three times more than the Conservatives promised it would be by the general election as migrants from around the world head to Britain for work. Figures from the Office for National Statistics show net migration rose by more than 100,000 to reach 318,000 in the year to the end of December - a figure just below the peak reached a decade ago. Net migration from both the EU and non-EU rose with numbers from outside the union now at the highest level since 2011. The prime minister admitted that the figures, which make grim reading for the Home Office, showed just “how far we have to go to reach our goal”. As he announced proposals for new measures to tackle illegal working, he said: “They show that, more than ever, this country needs a majority Conservative government which really aims to get net migration into the tens of thousands, and that should remain our ambition.” In the previous parliament, Mr Cameron promised “no ifs, no buts” that net migration would be under 100,000 by the time of the election. Today, he blamed the Liberal Democrats for not being fully behind his drive to reduce numbers. “It’s disappointing that we haven’t made more progress, but I take these figures as a clear instruction to deliver and t

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Liverpool put Sterling talks on hold over agent claims

Liverpool have cancelled talks with Raheem Sterling’s representative, Aidy Ward, following the emergence of a controversial newspaper report in which the player’s agent is claimed to have said his client will not sign a new deal with the Merseyside club under any circumstances. In the most telling indication yet of the seriousness of the breakdown in relations between the two camps, Liverpool informed Ward they believe a meeting would be pointless given the nature of the outspoken comments attributed to the Kent-based agent in the London Evening Standard. Although Ward has since denied making the remarks and is understood to be considering his legal options, the newspaper has stuck by its story and is continuing to run it on its website. As a result, Liverpool feel the entire process has been compromised by such an unseemly sequence of events and have c

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Cameron appoints ex-Times writer

David Cameron has appointed Camilla Cavendish, associate editor and columnist for The Sunday Times and former Times columnist, to lead his Downing Street policy unit. The prime minster will announce today that Ms Cavendish, a contemporary at Oxford, will take charge of political strategy at No 10. She replaces Jo Johnson, the brother of Boris Johnson, who was made universities minister in a post-election reshuffle. Mr Cameron has also promoted Craig Oliver, his former director of communications, as part of the shake-up. While retaining his media role, he will be given new responsibility for the co-ordination and implementation of domestic policy. Ed Llewellyn, the prime minister’s chief of staff, will remain in his role despite previous suggestions that he could depart to take up a diplomatic role. Catherine Fall, known as Kate, will continue as his

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