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Beverley Hughes immigration row

Beverley Hughes immigration row

'World is going mad' says Blunkett

HOME Secretary David Blunkett today claimed "the world is going a little bit mad" as the Tories stepped up their demands for a full independent inquiry into failures in the UK immigration system.

Minister swamped by her own admissions

BEVERLEY Hughes’s fate was sealed during an interview on Monday’s edition of Newsnight. For four weeks the immigration minister had battled against a stream of stories about serious flaws in the asylum system.

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'Monstrous regiment' suffers a casualty of political war

THE Home Office’s "monstrous regiment of women" was yesterday one fewer after Beverley Hughes’s resignation.

Migration system needs firm hand

THE revelation that government ministers allowed Britain’s border controls to effectively lapse - either deliberately or through neglect - will come as little surprise to the public at large. The fact that our asylum and immigration system had been stretched to breaking point was hardly the best-kept secret in Whitehall. However, the fact that civil servants were allowing people into Britain on the basis of claims they knew to be fraudulent raises serious questions.

Tories turn the screw on Blunkett

THE Tories dramatically increased the pressure on David Blunkett today in the wake of the resignation of Immigration Minister Beverley Hughes.

The immigration fiasco comes to a head

THE Immigration Minister, Beverley Hughes, has created something of a precedent by her resignation.

Whistleblower fears he will lose job

THE whistleblower whose allegations precipitated the resignation of Beverley Hughes said yesterday that he doubted he would keep his job.

Minister resigns over visa 'scandal'

Home Office minister Beverley Hughes has resigned over the row about eastern European immigration.

Minister at centre of immigration storm quits

EMBATTLED immigration Minister Beverley Hughes dramatically resigned today, raising serious questions about the future of her boss David Blunkett.

MPs ignored visa 'scam' warning for 18 months

THE government "systematically" ignored an "organised immigration scam" for 18 months, it was disclosed yesterday, in another blow to the authority of Beverley Hughes, the immigration minister.

Tories go on attack over immigration revelations

EMBATTLED Home Officer minister Beverley Hughes was facing an onslaught from the Tories in the House of Commons today over new revelations about the standard of checks on immigrants coming into Britain.

Blunkett suspends migrant applications

HOME Secretary David Blunkett today blocked all immigration applications from Romania and Bulgaria as he prepared to defend his minister Beverley Hughes against Tory calls that she should quit.

Memo contradicts Hughes' on immigration fast-track

THE embattled immigration minister Beverley Hughes was accused yesterday of misleading MPs over her knowledge of a covert operation to fast-track immigration cases.

Fast-track migrant row intensifies

IMMIGRATION minister Beverley Hughes was at the centre of an intensifying row last night, after it was claimed she personally authorised a policy to allow tens of thousands of migrants into the UK without adequate checks.

Asylum overhaul after blunders

BEVERLEY Hughes yesterday announced an overhaul of the management at a Home Office centre which ran a covert operation to clear a backlog of immigration cases.

Hughes misses Commons for a second day

BEVERLEY Hughes, the beleaguered immigration minister, provoked a storm of criticism yesterday after she ducked out of her second high-profile Westminster engagement in two days.

Minister faces new immigration row

IMMIGRATION minister Beverley Hughes approved a secret fast-track immigration process for thousands of foreigners who applied for British passports, it emerged today.

Hughes defends herself from 'absurd' claims

BEVERLEY Hughes, the under-fire immigration minister, last night hit back at her critics and insisted it was "absurd" to blame her for the failure to enforce checks on eastern European migrants.

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