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Cameron stays firm on immigration cap pledge

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The prime minister has insisted that immigration has to be reduced. Speaking from the Indian city of Bangalore, where he is heading a British delegation tasked with improving Anglo-Indian trade relations, Mr Camreron said that both he and the government wanted to see "the level of net immigration into the UK come down to the tens of thousands rather than the hundreds of thousands it's been in recent years".

And he told Today presenter John Humphrys that such a move would see immigration "cease to be such a major political issue as it is today.

"I think if we reduce immigration to the levels that we had in the 1990s, we'll find that this is... no longer an issue of public debate, and I think that would be a very good thing for our politics and for our country," he added.

And Mr Cameron dismissed suggestions of differences over the policy within the coalition, following comments by the Business Secretary, Vince Cable, that a cap on immigration should be as "flexible" as possible.


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