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Election2010

TORIES TO CUT IMMIGRATION
Immigration would fall by as much as 75 per cent if the Conservatives win the next general election, David Cameron said yesterday. He said he would use an annual cap to push net immigration from around 200,000 in recent years to the tens-of-thousands last seen under the Thatcher and Major governments. “I’m in favour of immigration, we’ve benefited from immigration, but I think the pressures – particularly on our public services – have been very great.”

CAMERON IN DEFICIT PLEDGE
David Cameron yesterday made a firm commitment to cut public debt faster than Labour. Gordon Brown’s plans to halve the £178bn budget deficit within the next four years do not go far enough, Cameron said. “We haven’t put a figure on it, but unlike the Prime Minister I'm happy to sit in this chair and say ‘Yes, there will be cuts’,” he added. But chief secretary to the Treasury Liam Byrne said: “He said he wants deeper, faster cuts than Labour but then deepened the mystery about where the cash would come from,” Byrne said.

EX-LABOUR SUPREMO HITS OUT
Gordon Brown’s premiership came under fire yet again yesterday, after a former Labour Party treasurer said Number 10 had been reduced to a “shambles” in 2007 when Brown dithered over an early election. Peter Watt, who stood down after the party funding scandal in 2007, also said Brown lacked the “emotional intelligence” to win the next election.