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A Fair and Ethical Migration Policy

Steven Woolfe | Posted 11.03.2015 | UK Politics
Steven Woolfe

We are a party that believes that Britain can and does benefit from skilled workers. That's why we want a points based system so we can still have the brightest and the best, we embrace that and wouldn't ever change it.

Romania's Monty Python Institutions

Rupert Wolfe-Murray | Posted 11.03.2015 | UK
Rupert Wolfe-Murray

Romania's diplomats, cabinet ministers and senior civil servants are often like this and they glide effortlessly between international postings, NATO missions, summit meetings, the European Parliament and the major capital cities of the world.

You Will Need To Sign Up To 'British Values' Just To Visit The UK

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 20.02.2015 | UK

New Tory proposals would require foreign visitors who want to work, study or do business in Britain to pledge allegiance to so-called "British values"...

London: Living, Loving and Leaving

Emma Kate Codrington | Posted 20.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Emma Kate Codrington

It's entirely possible to love and hate London with ferocious, equal intensity. On good days, you're invincible. Because you're there, and you're living your dream. On bad days, you want to tumble over the edge of the world: frustrated, perplexed and fiercely clutching your Vegemite jar. Tomorrow, you'll rise, determined to endure.

Professional Pick-Up Artist Julien Blanc Denied Entry To The UK

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 19.11.2014 | UK

Julien Blanc, an American "pick-up artist" who has been accused of misogyny because of his "sexist and utterly abhorrent" attitudes towards women has ...

This Is How to End Fifa Corruption

Grant Feller | Posted 14.01.2015 | UK Sport
Grant Feller

The world's biggest brands should all pull out of their relationships with FIFA at the same time, complete with the knowledge that every single football fan - and pretty much every other consumer too - will hail them as heroes. Let their competitors take their place, let them spend billions propping up one of the world's most loathed institutions and face the opprobrium of customers whose sense of right and wrong will have been heightened by a mass walk-out.

The World Is Alive With Export Opportunities

John Longworth | Posted 07.01.2015 | UK
John Longworth

If the government has set an ambitious trade target yet exports continue to fall - how can we reverse this trend? We need to radically change our approach to encouraging and supporting UK businesses on their journey to export. Only a concerted national campaign and sustained investment will get more UK firms to look beyond our shores for growth opportunities.

On Eid, Many Muslims Are Cash-Strapped, Thanks to Ruthless Travel Agents

Shamim Chowdhury | Posted 27.09.2014 | UK
Shamim Chowdhury

In short, any agent who is not registered and cannot provide anything in writing needs to be given a wide berth. Otherwise for many it could mean not just a ruined Eid, but also the trip of a lifetime.

Mephistopheles Strikes Again

Hamish Mackay | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK Sport
Hamish Mackay

There's something a bit Faustian about World Cup sponsorship. Highly successful, ambitious companies enter into a partnership with the all-powerful but morally suspect Fifa. Profits are guaranteed but there are strings attached...

Britain Needs to Encourage Investors to Come to the UK

Adam Afriyie | Posted 19.07.2014 | UK Politics
Adam Afriyie

Britain now has one of the most attractive tax systems in the world with Corporation Tax falling to 20% next year. This is great because business people and investors are vital to the future of the UK economy. We should never be embarrassed about wanting to attract people who can come here to create jobs.

Domestic Workers Trapped In Slave-Like Abuse 'Because Of UK Law'

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 31.03.2014 | UK

Domestic migrant workers in the UK can be trapped in slave-like conditions meaning they are treated worse than in their own countries, a landmark huma...

Visa Scheme Could Lead To 'eBay-Style' Bids For Residence

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.02.2014 | UK

A new scheme to sell visas to the highest bidder would create an "eBay" culture for British residence, immigration experts have warned. Investor vi...

As Straw Struggles, the Conservatives Concede - A Balance Must Be Found for the UK's Immigration Policy

Sarosh Zaiwalla | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics
Sarosh Zaiwalla

While Jack Straw may feel this was a policy blunder from his party, I do not believe this to be such a clear cut issue. It has been shown on countless occasions that immigrants coming to the UK bring a tangible profitable contribution to the economy.

Higher Apprenticeships - A Viable Business Alternative to Graduate Training Programmes

James Lawrence | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
James Lawrence

I am really passionate about getting entry-level training right within leading companies to build the future workforce. At Visa we took a different approach to many others, putting business needs first and thinking differently to a yearly graduate intake...

Let Engineers And Scientists IN, Says James Dyson

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 22.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education

James Dyson has lambasted Britain’s undervaluing of engineers and scientists, citing the UK's looming energy crisis as a “consequence” of a skil...

Jessica Elgot

'I Want David Cameron To Imagine His Wife Dodging Bombings Daily' | Jessica Elgot | Posted 13.10.2013 | UK

One sunny day, Mark Wallace decided to take his seven-year-old daughter to the local park near their home in Damascus. It was spring 2012, the civi...

The London Visa - A New Immigration Alternative?

Katrina Cooper | Posted 30.11.2013 | UK Politics
Katrina Cooper

Fresh from the success of London Fashion Week and with the Tech Entrepreneurs week also off to a flying start, you have to ask yourself whether or not the proposed 'London Visa' by Boris Johnson is necessary or warranted.

'Ashamed to Be British': The Immigration Rules Keeping Married Couples Apart

Michael Allen | Posted 22.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Michael Allen

When Katie Frazer married her South African husband Cliff Frazer in 2010, she had no idea how difficult it would be to bring him to live with her in the UK. The 31-year-old trained primary school teacher is living thousands of miles from her beloved in the UK after falling victim to the government's recently introduced £18,600 salary requirement to bring a non-EU spouse to the UK.

Did British Airways Finally Get it Right?

Laxmi Hariharan | Posted 06.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Laxmi Hariharan

Many many years later, BA has come up with another one - a five minute clip which has forced me to see it in a more kindly light. In the tradition of the best (or worst as you may see it) reality TV programming tradition, the ad unabashedly tugs at the heart strings of immigrants like myself, tracing the journey home and how it feels to surprise your parents with a sudden visit.

Vampire Hunting? Dog Food Tasting? Running From The Law?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 10.07.2013 | UK

Fancy hunting vampires in Romania, or think France is lacking foot models? These are some of the weirdest reasons given by those making visa applic...

Boat Race Protestor Ordered To Leave UK

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.08.2013 | UK

The protester jailed for disrupting the 2012 Oxford-Cambridge boat race has been ordered to leave the UK. Trenton Oldfield, 37, has been told by th...

Don't Go To India

Rupert Wolfe-Murray | Posted 24.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Wolfe-Murray

Why on earth do the Indians need two weeks to issue a visa? If they suspect me of being a drug runner, murderer, agent provocateur or spy all they need to do is scan my passport, like they do in Turkey and the EU countries, and your name is bounced around police databases in the blink of an eye.

Romanian Prime Minister: We Don't Need To Flock To Britain

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Tom Moseley | Posted 25.02.2013 | UK

The Prime Minister of Romania is "rather perplexed" by the uproar in Britain about visa restrictions. Victor Ponta said his country had a healthy e...

UK Should Relax Visa Rules for Chinese Visitors or Lose Out to Europe

Alison Couper | Posted 19.04.2013 | UK Politics
Alison Couper

Visitors from China are also big spenders when they are here. Typically Chinese visitors will spend in the region of £1,600 while in the UK - nearly three times the average tourist spend, according to Visit Britain.

Illegal Workers At Celebrity Pub Arrested

PA | Posted 11.02.2013 | UK

Three people have been arrested for working illegally at a pub popular with celebrities including Kate Moss and Pete Doherty. Two Mongolian men and...