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David Cameron has denied that the coalition is split over tackling immigration, after he was accused by a Cabinet minister Vince Cable of using "very unwise" language which risked inflaming extremism.

The Prime Minister rejected Business Secretary  Cable's criticism - insisting he was dealing with an issue of high public importance in a "sensible, measured, serious tone".

 

Speaking to party members in Hampshire, Mr Cameron claimed the coalition has already made good progress on efforts to bring net migration down to tens of thousands, rather than hundreds of thousands.

He also encouraged authorities not be scared of "cultural sensitivities" when it comes to clamping down on forced and sham marriages, which he describes as "abuses of the system"

 Cable told the Evening Standard newspaper: "These comments from the Prime Minister are very unwise.

"I do understand that there are elections coming but talk about mass immigration risks inflaming the extremism to which Mr Cameron and I are both strongly opposed."

He argued that Mr Cameron's reference to cutting net immigration to tens of thousands from hundreds of thousands was "not part of the coalition agreement".

He added: "Much of the remaining immigration from outside the EU is crucial to Britain's economic recovery and growth.

"That is why the Cabinet collectively agreed to support British business and British universities by exempting overseas students and essential staff from the cap on non EU migration."


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