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15th November 2019

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The parties have begun to outline their stances on immigration, Nigel Farage has accused the Conservatives of offering his party's candidates peerages to stand down, and Labour has pledged to provide free broadband if it wins the election.

Parties debate immigration

The major parties have begun to hint at the shape of their future immigration policy.

Asked about her party's position, home secretary Priti Patel said it would be "firm but fair" and "look to reduce the numbers in the system by having control over our immigration policy".

She stopped short of setting a target, saying: "Clearly that is where public confidence has been eroded in the past".

The government led by David Cameron famously failed to meet a pledge made in 2011 to reduce immigration to the "tens of thousands".

In September, Patel used her first speech to her party's annual conference as home secretary to pledge an end to free movement of people, and said she would introduce an Australian-style points system.

Speaking to the BBC, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said people should be "realistic" about the need for immigration and the positive role it plays.

"We have shortages of many skills," he said.

"They cannot be met very quickly because we're not training enough people, so there's going to be immigration in the future."

Asked whether he wanted the current level of immigration to rise or fall, he said: "I want our system to be decent, to be fair, and our services to be properly run and properly staffed."

Farage: 'Candidates offered jobs to stand down'

Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage has claimed his party's parliamentary candidates were offered jobs and peerages by the Conservative Party if they were willing to stand down.

Speaking in a video posted to his twitter page, he said: "Having tried the attack, [the Conservatives] then tried something that, frankly, I think is bordering on corruption.

"Repeatedly it's been suggested to me that I might like to have a seat in the House of Lords so that I can go quietly."

He said that having turned the offer down, he was "bypassed", and that people working in Number Ten offered peerages to eight senior figures from within his party if they could persuade him to withdraw candidates "in a whole load more marginal seats".

Earlier this week, Farage announced that his party would not field candidates in the 317 seats won by the Conservatives at the last election amid fears they could split the Leave-supporting vote.

He has also confirmed today that he does not intend to withdraw any more candidates.

The Conservative Party denied the allegations.

Labour pledges free broadband

The Labour Party has said that full-fibre broadband would be provided free to all homes and businesses if it wins the coming election.

Speaking to BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg, shadow chancellor John McDonnell said: "Apart from some parts of London, and some of our major cities, everywhere I go they're saying, 'We've… not got broadband at the speeds that we need, it's holding our economy back.'

"We will start with the more difficult-to-reach areas first and then work through."

He said that because so much taxpayers money would go into the development, he would want to bring part of BT into public ownership.

He said the plans would cost £20 billion, and would be funded by issuing bonds for shares in BT and introducing a tax on multinationals, particularly those that gain their income from the internet.

In September, the government pledged to invest £5bn to guarantee every home would have gigabit broadband – that offering a speed of 1 gigabit per second or more – by the end of 2025.

EU urges UK to nominate commissioner

The European Union has confirmed it will take action over the UK's failure to nominate a new commissioner.

The Commission is a body of 28 individuals – one appointed by each EU member state – that is responsible for proposing legislation and managing the day-to-day business of the EU.

A new group is set to take office on December 1, but the UK is yet to forward its nominee.

The government has said it has not made a nomination because "pre-election guidance states the UK should not normally make nominations for international appointments" during a campaign.

But incoming Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has said the UK is obliged to so so.

In a statement, the European Commission said it had "sent a letter of formal notice to the UK for breaching its EU Treaty obligations by not suggesting a candidate for the post of EU Commissioner".

The letter gave the government until November 22 to respond.

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