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David Cameron to tell EU: cut all tax credits to migrants

Prime minister to announce that EU membership is dependent on measure affecting more than 300,000 EU migrants in UK

Migrants from the European Union will have to work in Britain for a minimum of four years before they can claim benefits, David Cameron will propose on Friday in a major speech setting out a vision of how the EU can control the free movement of workers – and how he is willing to leave the union if he does not get his way.

In an attempt to restore his shattered credibility on immigration, the prime minister will say that Britain’s EU membership is now dependent on nation states being able to withhold almost all benefits from EU migrants.

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UK parties’ plans for cuts ‘highly sketchy’ ahead of election

Thinktank says voters face ‘candour deficit’ as well as fiscal deficit with parties’ spending proposals unclear in runup to polls

Additional UK government departmental spending cuts in the three years after 2015-16 could be anything between £4bn or £37bn based on a new assessment of the main political parties’ announced tax, spending and deficit plans, a thinktank shows.

The range of cuts proposed underlines the extent to which the main parties, especially Labour, have yet to outline their post-election fiscal plans in detail, and are trying to give themselves room for manoeuvre.

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Theresa May moves to give police powers to identify internet users

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Ukip should be taken seriously. But it may not like the experience

It’s time for fewer TV images of Nigel down the pub and a lot more questions about what he would do with power

In politics, as sometimes in life, there can be nothing more disappointing than a dream that comes true. It was the decades-long yearning of Lib Dems that Britain’s traditional two-horse race would give way to a pluralistic, multi-party politics. The grip on power of the big two would be broken and supplanted by a rainbow of choices. Now that Lib Dem wish appears to be close to fulfilment. The old blue-red duopoly is fragmenting under the multiple and interwoven pressures of austerity, insecurity, anger with traditional politics and questions of identity. The combined polling share of Labour and the Tories has rarely been so low. The Nationalists are on a roll in Scotland. The Greens are enjoying a surge. Ukip has just bagged its second byelection victory. Multi-party politics has arrived with a bang. And who is that lying on the floor? Why, it is the Lib Dems. We’ve got the multi-party politics they dreamt of, but it has come in a form that is nightmarish for them.

The past masters of the sensational byelection upset have just suffered the worst ever byelection result for a major party. If “major party” is still an appropriate description for the Lib Dems when they now languish in fifth place in some national polls. They achieved less than 1% of the vote in Rochester and Strood and suffered their 11th lost deposit of this parliament.

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Mark Reckless wins Rochester and Strood byelection for Ukip – live reaction

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