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‘How do you make promises you can keep on immigration?’ fringe panel asked

British Future and ConservativeHome asked "how do you make promises you can keep on immigration?" to Owen Paterson MP, Mark Field MP, Isabel Oakeshott and Sunder Katwala

Liam Fox: ‘immigration is not a bad thing – uncontrolled immigration is’

“Immigration is not a bad thing,” said Liam Fox MP today at the Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham, “but uncontrolled immigration is.”

Immigration – making promises you can keep

'Immigration: how can we make promises we can keep?' is the core question at a Conservative Party conference immigration fringe event, hosted by ConservativeHome and British Future, writes Sunder Katwala.

UKIP joins calls to take students out of immigration target

UKIP has joined calls to remove international students from the immigration figures, while they are here to study, writes Sunder Katwala.

England should get what England wants – it’s time to find out what that is

Any party that keeps wondering whether the ‘English question’ really needs to be asked will find itself shut out of the conversation, writes Sunder Katwala. Instead they should make it clear that they want to find an answer.

New report warns overseas students choosing UK’s competitors

A new report published today looks at the latest trends in the recruitment of international students to UK universities, writes Joe Cryer. The Universities UK report argues that despite positive growth this academic year, there are still concerns over the sharp decline in students from some countries coming to British universities in the previous two years.

Back EU referendum to secure public trust on immigration

Giving voters a choice on Europe,through an EU referendum, is the best way to help win back public trust on immigration, writes Matthew Rhodes

Scotland has spoken – will England respond?

Scotland thought seriously about whether to end the United Kingdom - and chose to mend and save it instead. England must also now find its voice, writes Sunder Katwala.

British Muslims unite to condemn ISIS as “Un-Islamic State”

Muslim leaders in the UK have come together to urge Prime Minister David Cameron to help de-legitimise the extremist group ISIS, starting with refusing to acknowledge their preferred title “Islamic State”. The open letter to the Prime Minister was, coincidentally, published just hours before ISIS released video footage of the murder of British aid worker David Haines,a dreadful reminder of the senseless violence that the group employs, writes Joe Cryer.

Most Europeans would make concessions to keep Britain in Europe – new research

Most EU voters believe their governments should do more to accommodate British concerns about its terms of membership, writes Sunder Katwala, so as to make it more likely that Britain would stay in the European Union.

Scottishness and me: Coming home without going back

I spent the first 40 years of my life in England, writes Chris Creegan, before coming to live in Scotland in 2003. It was a coming home, strange perhaps for someone born in Sussex. But I’m adopted.

Scotland: Five reasons the No campaign should (just about) win in the end

The referendum in Scotland is shaping up to be a nail-biter. Scotland will, quite rightly, get whatever the majority of Scots want. While the margin will be tighter than many expected, writes Sunder Katwala, that still looks like the Union.

Cross-party support for international students

Politicians across the political spectrum voiced support for the new joint report by British Future and Universities UK, ‘International students and the UK immigration debate’, released on Bank Holiday Monday.

Public “baffled” students included in government’s migration targets

The British public do not see international students studying in the UK as “immigrants”, and do not want the number coming here reduced, even if this would make it harder to reduce overall immigration numbers, according to new research by Universities UK and British Future, writes Joe Cryer.

100 years ago Britain welcomed Belgian refugees to our shores

100 years ago today, the first of many Belgian refugees fleeing the German invasion began to arrive in Britain. It was to become the largest ever single refugee flow from one country to the UK, with over 250,000 Belgian refugees, many of them children, arriving on our shores, writes Joe Cryer.

‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’ – WW1 Commemoration

The installation ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’, designed by ceramic artist Paul Cummins, which commemorates those fallen during the First World War already covers a huge swathe of the Tower of London’s dry moat, writes Joe Cryer.

Marking a century of Muslim service in British armed forces

An event has launched a new Armed Forces Muslim Forum, committed to deepening relationships between the armed forces and Britain’s Muslim communities, writes Sunder Katwala.

Sol Campbell gives Westminster lecture on racism in football

Campbell's decision to tell his life story put his complaints about racism in football in context for this football-illiterate observer, writes Henry Hill.

The making of True Brits

New play True Brits explores two national events - 7/7 and the 2012 Olympics - and one man's journey of identity and integration between them, explains its writer Vinay Patel.

Our schools must teach British values, for Britain’s sake

Nations are held together by the common bonds between their citizens. Without British values, what is to stop Britain drifting apart?