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News roundup 31.10.07

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This morning's papers are dominated by discussion of the number of immigrants in the UK and the impact of protests by business over changes to capital gains tax.

Discussing revelations that the number of immigrants employed in the UK is higher than ministers previously announced, The Independent states "Ministers accused of underestimating number of foreign workers by 400,000", TheDaily Telegraph asserts "Foreigners fill half new jobs" and The Guardian suggests "Ministers ignored calls to improve migration figures".

While The Financial Times tells its readers "Minister pledges to stem Balkan tide", reporting that immigration Minister Liam Byrne has vowed to maintain tight rules against immigrants from Bulgaria and Romania.

Examining the news that the prime minister will look to soften the blow to business of the single 18% rate on capital gains tax, The Times states "£100,00 tax relief as Brown gives way", The Daily Telegraph asserts "Brown bows to pressure over capital gains tax".

Climate change

The Independent exclaims it is time that politicians "woke up to the fact" that the only way they can mitigate the international climate crisis is through example. The Daily Mirror emphasises David Cameron has taken more than 70 private flights while claiming to be a green politician

In other news

Regarding MPs' expenses, the Daily Express claims that nearly 100 MPs with constituencies within an hour of London are claiming "lavish" allowances for second homes in the capital.

The Times, "Labour MPs in demand for unilateral action to curb election spending", suggests that Labour MPs want legislation announced in the next Queen's speech to place limits on election spending following the collapse of cross-party talks on the issue.

The Guardian reports "Rising fear of energy crisis this winter" on warnings from the national grid of a possible shortfall in electricity-generating capacity.

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