Is Amber Rudd backpeddling on tough new migration proposals just a day after they were revealed?

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Rudd unveiled the plans at the Conservative party conference yesterday (Source: Getty)

Home secretary Amber Rudd has suggested the government could backpeddle on controversial plans to tackle migration by making companies list the number of foreign workers they employ.

Rudd unveiled the proposals yesterday at the Conservative party conference in Birmingham, but they have been slammed by business groups, who argue a tough crackdown would drive talent away.

But speaking on the Today programme this morning, Rudd insisted the ideas, designed to force firms to boost UK hiring, may not come into being.

"This is one of the things we're going to look at in the review. But it's not something we're definitely going to do," she said.

"It's one of the tools we're going to use as a review to see if we can use it as a way of nudging people to do better behaviour. We are saying work with us, businesses, to deliver on what we need to have, which is a more skilled local labour force."

Her retreat comes as Prime Minister Theresa May has outlined her plans to become more hands on with industries, floating interventions on energy pricing and broadband provision.

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