The Church of England has made a dramatic intervention in the migrant crisis, delivering a stern rebuke to David Cameron for his "unhelpful" rhetoric.

Speaking with the backing of the church, the bishop of Dover accused senior political figures, including the prime minister, of forgetting their humanity and attacked elements of the media for propagating a "toxicity" designed to spread antipathy towards migrants.

After another tense day in Calais, following a night in which fewer migrants tried to enter the Eurotunnel terminal in northern France, the bishop, the Right Rev Trevor Willmott, urged Cameron to ameliorate his rhetoric.

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