Immigration minister urged to withdraw 'smear' against statistics chief or resign

DAILY MAIL, 05Mar09:  Experts from Britain’s statistics watchdog hit back at immigration minister Phil Woolas yesterday as controversy mounted over his attack on the ‘sinister’ release of population figures.  Sir Michael Scholar warned they were being ‘pilloried’ for publishing objective information and insisted immigration statistics had been released as they were clearly ‘in the public interest’.  Mr Woolas was embroiled in a row with official statisticians after questioning their motives in publishing figures showing one in nine UK residents was born overseas.  He was last night urged to withdraw his ‘smear’ against the independent statistics body or resign.

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