In full: David Cameron immigration speech
With roughly 80% of London's population being of foreign origin is it any wonder that Business Secretary Vince Cable is concerned by David Cameron's comments.
London's Businesses would grind to a halt without foreign hands.
The building industry would grind to a halt without the Eastern Europeans.
United Kingdom Elderly Care and Agriculture, would also grind to a halt without the foreign workers.
Here is Prime Minister David Cameron's speech on the government's immigration policy which sparked a row with Business Secretary Vince Cable.
A year ago, we were in the middle of a General Election campaign.
And there was one message I heard loud and clear on the doorstep: we want things to be different.
People said they wanted a government that didn't just do what was good for the headline or good for their Party but good for the long-term and good for our country.
That's what we're engaged in.
Vince Cable attacks Cameron's 'very unwise' immigration remarks
The business secretary says prime minister's immigration speech risks 'inflaming extremism'
David Cameron said immigrants unable to speak English or unwilling to integrate had created a "kind of discomfort and disjointedness" that has disrupted communities across Britain.
Cable made his distaste public when he suggested Cameron was electioneering ahead of local and devolved elections on 5 May and was about to make "very unwise" comments.
Cameron rejected Cable's claims of electioneering when questioned on the issue at the end of his speech, saying he had never shied away from addressing immigration since becoming Tory leader.
"The country elected a government wanting us to roll up our sleeves and deal with some of these issues. This speech is, I think, a very good explanation of how we are dealing with them," he said
Charge every would-be migrant £30k to settle in Britain', says Nobel Prize-winning economist
Britain could slash its immigration levels by charging every would-be migrant £30,000 to settle in the country, a Nobel prize-winning economist has said.
Visas should be sold off at a high enough price so that only the most ‘suitable’ and motivated migrants move to the UK, Professor Gary Becker has suggested.
The scheme would raise more than £600million a year if 12,000 paid the fee, more than off-setting the cost of allowing in new migrants, he argued in a report to be published today by the Institute of Economic Affairs think-tank.
Almost one in eight in UK are foreign born
Almost one in eight people living in the UK are now foreign born after hitting record levels in the wake of the largest wave of immigration in history.
The proportion of the population born overseas almost doubled in two decades to more than 11 per cent, according to data seen by The Daily Telegraph.
It meant that just under seven million people living in Britain were immigrants – enough to fill a city the size of London. .
Bemusement at the scene of Cameron's address
Rather than address a community in, say, Leicester or Luton, Mr Cameron delivered his attack on "those not willing to integrate" to an audience of carefully selected members of the Romsey Conservative Association.
Behind him hung a portrait of the Duke of Edinburgh, arguably one of this country's more successful immigrants. (Perhaps it's best that no one asks HRH for his thoughts on the subject of foreign arrivals.)
The only immigrants near Romsey anyone could remember were some eastern European men working in a care home.
The real reason for the Prime Minister's visit is that Romsey is a marginal battleground between the Tories and Liberal Democrats – and the elections for Romsey Council are on 5 May.
"Cameron wouldn't have said it in Tottenham would he?" said a retired teacher.