The media covers a range of stories today.

Dover riots

One of the main reports is of disturbances in Dover.  ITV News says the town was targeted by two groups – the far right and anti-fascists, and police had to keep them apart.

Police lined the streets in Dover in an attempt to keep far-right and anti-fascist protesters apart while they held separate marches in the town.

Dover was brought to a standstill as roads were closed while demonstrators march separate routes.

Thirteen people were arrested in total during the event, including one man arrested on suspicion of possession of offensive weapons and another on suspicion of theft of a police baseball cap.

Some people were also held for failing to comply with conditions regarding the right to assembly which include a prohibition on wearing masks.

Anti-immigration demonstrators chanted “no more refugees” as they set off, surrounded by police.

The Express reports that protesters burnt the EU flag

BRITAIN was tonight perilously divided as simmering anger about mass migration boiled over into ugly violence on the streets of Dover.

This disturbing video shows how far-right protesters and ultra left-wing militia went to war in the historic port town, which has become symbolic of Britain’s increasingly fractious and extreme debate over immigration.

Amid shocking and intimidating scenes locals cowered in their homes as black-masked thugs from both sides brawled with police and each other at a number of flash points.

One anti-migrant protester burned an EU flag in the street as he bellowed: “This isn’t happening in Asia, this isn’t happening in India, it’s only happening in white European countries.”

And the Morning Star claims one of the protesters painted a swastika on a vehicle.

A NEONAZI suspected of daubing a bloody swastika on a coach was revealed yesterday to be one of nearly 40 thugs arrested in the wake of an anti-refugee riot.

The 52-year-old man from Fulham, who is on bail, is banned from entering Dover following an incident at Maidstone motorway service station in January, where men brandishing weapons smashed up coaches filled with anti-fascists travelling to a counter-demonstration.

Kent Police said detectives used DNA testing from the blood to find and arrest the man on February 25.

The Sun reports on the violent clashes.

FAR-right protesters set fire to an EU flag amid violent clashes at an anti-immigration march in Dover today.

Thirteen people were arrested following running battles with police during the demo in the Kent port.

A rival group projected the words “#RefugeesWelcome” onto the White Cliffs of Dover ahead of the neo-Nazi march.

Trouble flared as police tried to keep the mob apart from an anti-fascist group that arrived to stage a counter demonstration.


In other news a leaked email claims David Cameron has ‘starved’ the NHS, says the Guardian.

The Brexit campaign group backed by the justice secretary, Michael Gove, is trying to persuade senior NHS staff to sign a letter that includes a direct attack on David Cameron, who is accused of having starved the health service of funding.

In an email leaked to the Guardian, Vote Leave’s Cleo Watson tells clinicians that her group desperately needs doctors, nurses and pharmacists to warn that Britain’s health service is being damaged by the EU.

A draft version of the letter included by Watson says: “David Cameron and Jeremy Hunt must accept responsibility for this – they have starved the NHS of necessary funding for too long.”

She says in the email that the letter will be published on Monday to mark the start of a week in which “out” campaigners will focus on NHS issues such as cost, patient care and safety, immigration and EU directives.

And the Telegraph also reports on the row.

A furious row over the future of the NHS broke out last night after the health service became the latest battleground for EU campaigners.

As eurosceptics lined up to warn patients will suffer unless the UK votes to leave the European Union, medics and scientists hit back claiming Brexit would be “disastrous”.

Michael Howard, the former Conservative leader, told the Sunday Telegraph that Jeremy Hunt’s claim that leaving would mean deep funding cuts for the NHS is a “myth”.

The Telegraph also reports a colonel who claims that the UK would give up its right to self-defence if we were forced to join the European army.

Britain would be forced to join an EU army within five years with “catastrophic” consequences for defence if voters back retaining membership, the man who once commended UK troops in Afghanistan has warned.

Col Richard Kemp told the Telegraph it is an “absolute certainty” that the UK would have to give troops towards an EU army that would undermine Nato and be very costly yet act like a “paper tiger”.

The move could even end Britain’s ability to defend the Falkland Islands because decisions would have to be agreed by EU member states and could never win consensus, warned Col Richard, who is backing Brexit. 

And the Telegraph also claims the Prime Minister’s decision to call a referendum will lead to Brexit.

David Cameron’s so-called “best friend” in European politics has warned the Prime Minister that he has made a potentially catastrophic miscalculation by calling an EU referendum that could spark the “disintegration of Europe as we know it”.

Fredrik Reinfeldt, the former prime minister of Sweden who spoke at the Conservative Party conference in 2006, told the Telegraph that he fears his old friend is in danger of losing the EU referendum on June 23 after because of rising anti-establishment sentiment in Europe.

Mr Reinfeldt, a centre-right modernizer who regularly exchanges text messages with Mr Cameron, said his own experience of being dumped out of office in 2014 despite being dubbed the “rock-star of the recovery” had taught him how fickle electorates can be.


The Sun reports that the NHS is being swamped as the number of EU migrants soars.

ROCKETING migration from EU countries is putting the NHS under incredible strain, a report reveals.

It is struggling to cope with the influx of new patients, many from Eastern Europe.

Family doctors have taken an extra 1.5million people on in the past three years alone.

The number attending A&E rose 59 per cent from 14million to 22.4million in ten years.

That is blamed for longer queues for treatment, with the number facing a four-hour wait in casualty trebling to 304,000.

And the 476,000 babies born to mothers from other EU countries have cost the NHS £1.3billion in maternity care alone in the last decade.


The Express claims EU rules could let foreign rapists in to drive taxis.

CONVICTED foreign rapists could be licensed to drive taxis and minicabs on British streets because lax EU rules allow them to slip through safety checks.

New research reveals that some countries allow convictions for rape or sexual assault to be expunged after just three years. It means even enhanced vetting and contact with foreign police forces would fail to uncover their history.

Last night justice minister Dominic Raab slammed “shoddy criminal rules” in some EU member states that allowed serious criminals to make the most of its open borders and operate here.


The BBC reports a Labour claim that the government’s plans to make all schools into academies could cost £1.3bn.

Labour is predicting the government’s plan to convert all England’s state schools to academies could cost more than £1.3bn.

The party says the figure is based on a Parliamentary written answer which shows the government paid £66,000 per school for earlier academy conversions.

This would leave a black hole of more than a billion pounds in the education budget, Labour says.

The government says suggestions of a shortfall are “completely untrue”.

Under the plan, announced by Chancellor George Osborne in his Budget last month, all state schools must become academies by 2020 or have plans to do so by 2022.

And Sky News claims extreme Islam is being taught in a Yorkshire school.

A private Muslim school in Yorkshire is promoting an extreme form of Islam, claiming that Jews are engaged in a global conspiracy to take over the world and that adopting British customs is forbidden.

The Islamic Tarbiyah Academy in Dewsbury teaches 140 primary school children in an after-school madrasa and runs full-time classes for over-16s and adults.

Mufti Zubair Dudha, the centre’s founder and head, is a respected cleric from the orthodox Deobandi sect which is thought to control half of all mosques and madrasas in the UK.

In one leaflet Mr Dudha quotes the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, an early 20th Century anti-Semitic forgery, which claims to prove Jewish people are engaged in a global conspiracy.


The Daily Star claims the Falkland Islands are ‘at risk’ after Royal Navy ships left.

Fears are growing for their safety as the area is unprotected for the first time since war broke out in 1982.

Tensions are also running high between the UK and Argentina.

A ruling by an UN commission that Argentina’s maritime territory should be expanded by more than a third to include the Falklands has stoked the row.

Shadow defence secretary Emily Thornberry branded the situation as “unacceptable” and said the Ministry of Defence should “immediately” send a warship to the region.

She said: “In one area after another we have seen the impact of the savage cuts made to our armed forces since David Cameron came to office. Even by those low standards, it is unacceptable that the Government is failing to provide the protection for the Falkland Islands that has been promised, and that the islanders have a right to expect as British citizens. has been based in the region since a frigate left in November

“The Ministry of Defence must rectify the situation immediately.”

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