Thursday, April 1, 2010

Brown 'gave false immigration figures'

Prime Minister warned by national statistics watchdog after mistakes in podcast

By Nigel Morris, Deputy Political Editor
Thursday, 1 April 2010

The Independent

Gordon Brown was facing embarrassment last night after being condemned by the national statistics watchdog for quoting false figures over the number of foreigners coming to Britain.

The Prime Minister was rebuked hours after he used a major speech to try to take the heat out of immigration as a general election issue by arguing that the number of new arrivals was falling sharply.

Sir Michael Scholar, chairman of the UK Statistics Authority, warned that Mr Brown had used inaccurate information in an earlier Downing Street podcast about immigration to complete article

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