The Tory leader is on Newsnight at 10.30pm but News 24 have already broadcast the whole encounter between Mr Cameron and Gavin Esler, Michael Crick, Stephanie Flanders and Mark Urban. I missed the preview but here are three toplines from the interview:
- Under repeated questioning David Cameron says that immigration is too high in Britain;
- He says that Tories will raise taxes on air travel;
He concedes that frontbenchers may be spending too much time on outside interests but that the team is overall hard-working.
6.15pm: The BBC website is headlining the interview as ‘Immigration too high – Cameron’.
6.30pm: This is what Cameron says on immigration: "I think that there are benefits from immigration and want Britain to capture the benefits from that immigration… But I think the levels of migration we see in the early part of the decade of this Government, when the asylum numbers were very high, and the later part of the decade, when immigration settlement numbers were very high; I think we have put too great a burden on public services and I think it needs to be better controlled… What’s required in the whole debate about immigration is a careful use of language but actually some fairly tough and rigorous action… What we have had from the Government sometimes, particularly from (former Home Secretary) David Blunkett, was loose and inflammatory language but weak and ineffective action. I think we need the complete opposite."
11.15pm: I’ve deleted the third point above. Contrary to what I was briefed I do not think David Cameron conceded anything on outside interests. My overall view: A very strong, confident performance. No sign of panic. More commentary tomorrow on the detail of what DC said.