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UK home secretary Jacqui Smith, gave a lecture to LSE staff, students and invited guests today (Wednesday 5 December). Her speech was entitled 'Shared Protection, Shared Values: next steps on migration'.

The lecture was organised by The Migration Studies Unit (MSU) and LSE. The Migration Studies Unit was founded by research students and academics in the spring of 2007 at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), where the Unit is based.

Jacqui Smith became UK home secretary in June 2007. Prior to this she held several ministerial posts. From 1999 she served for two years as parliamentary under secretary of state at the Department for Education. In 2001 she was promoted to minister of state for health with responsibility for social services. She was promoted again to be minister of state at the Department for Trade and Industry, and deputy minister for women. After the 2005 general election she became minister of state for schools. In May 2006 she joined the cabinet as chief whip.

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Press Cuttings

Guardian (6 December)
Smith seeks to restore trust in immigration system
In one of her first major speeches as home secretary, Smith conceded that the government was struggling to make its case heard. Speaking at the London School of Economics she said: 'The arguments we are currently making in support of migration do not necessarily empathise with the real and direct experience that communities across the country are now feeling. Many of them are seeing change on quite a dramatic scale, over quite a short period, and many of them are experiencing this for the first time.' 

Bloomberg (5 December)
UK bars unskilled migrant workers from outside EU
Unskilled migrants from countries outside the European Union will no longer be eligible to work in the UK, barring thousands of potential newcomers from countries such as India and Pakistan, the government said today. 'Migration brings great social and economic benefits to this country,' Home Secretary Jacqui Smith said in a speech to the London School of Economics today. 'But people expect it to be managed robustly and in support of Britain's national interests.'

Guardian (5 December)
Smith to ban non-EU unskilled immigrants from working in UK 

BBC News Online (5 December)
UK bans non-EU unskilled workers

Yahoo news (5 December)
Govt proposes toughening citizenship rules 

Government News Network (5 December)
Home Secretary today sets out plans to manage migration and protect British values

Herald Publications, India (5 December)
UK frames new immigration rules

Sky News (5 December)
Points Mean Prized Permits For Migrants
The Home Secretary is today expected to announce changes to the system managing highly-skilled migrants from outside the EU. The Home Office announcement is due this afternoon in a speech to the London School of Economics.

The speech was printed in full on a number of websites and also appeared on television broadcasts including from the BBC and Sky News.

5 December 2007

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