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Sir: Lord Bassam (Right of Reply, 20 August) says, "We've got officials working in the source countries to ensure we don't end up with the problem we've been confronted with over the last few months, which we accept is intolerable". This sentence does not make clear what Lord Bassam finds intolerable, and David Aaronovitch ("Let Dover stew in its disgusting narrow-mindedness and prejudice", 18 August) was entitled to his suspicion that Lord Bassam was referring to the number of people claiming asylum in this country.

Widdecombe says Britain is a soft touch for asylum-seekers

BRITAIN IS regarded as a soft touch by asylum-seekers, Ann Widdecombe, opposition home affairs spokeswoman, said. Her attack came as the Home Office was due to publish figuresshowing a record in applications to live in this country.

Letters: Victims of Dover

Victims of Dover

Channel swimmer drowned

A MEXICAN woman drowned yesterday trying to swim the English Channel.

Right of Reply: Lord Bassam

The Home Office minister replies to David Aaronovitch's accusation that in his remarks on the plight of asylum- seekers in Dover he was `excusing intolerance'

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Sir: I should like to thank David Aaronovitch for putting the scale of the issue in perspective and for having the moral courage to challenge the motivation of those who are critical of the refugees. We like to gloat at German intolerance when their thugs attack Turkish immigrants, but we never seem to see the beam in our own eye.

Dover refugees `moving in days'

ASYLUM-SEEKERS could be moved from Dover within days, Kent County Council leaders said yesterday after talks with the Home Office over tension in the port. Some of the 800 asylum-seekers in Dover will go to Leeds. Other local authorities are being urged to house some of Kent's total of 5,000.

Let Dover stew in its disgusting narrow-mindedness and prejudice

THE WORD "influx" is defined in The Concise Oxford Dictionary as meaning a "flowing in of persons or things". And it is the watery word that the BBC is currently using - unapostrophised - to describe the entry to Britain of asylum-seekers. Reporters for the corporation evidently observe a land into which a constant stream of foreigners runs; gentle but irresistible.

Every council asked to take in refugees

EVERY COUNCIL in England and Wales has been asked to house asylum- seekers to help to reduce the burden on Channel ports. Sir Jeremy Beecham, chairman of the Local Government Association, has written to all 400 of them after weekend violence between asylum-seekers and residents in Dover left 11 people with knife wounds.

Evacuation of `dumped' refugees

HUNDREDS OF refugees are to be evacuated from Dover and rehoused in the north of England after a government minister admitted yesterday that they were living in intolerable conditions.

Refugees and the residents trapped in a stormy port

ON THE promenade above Dover's pebble beach a plaque commemorates those who served in the Second World War protecting "Frontline Britain". Half a century on many locals would have you believe nothing has changed and that the town famous for its white cliffs and ferry terminals deserves the same description. This time they are defending the frontline not against Hitler, but asylum-seekers pouring in from the Continent.

Police calm tension in Dover

POLICE FROM across Kent were drafted on to the streets of Dover yesterday after violent weekend confrontations between residents and refugees left 11 people injured, some with stab wounds.

Refugees clash with Dover locals

VIOLENT confrontations between residents and refugees in Dover left five people in hospital last night, including some with stab wounds.

You ask the questions: (Such as: Dame Vera Lynn, didn't you ever get sick of singing `The White Cliffs of Dover'?)

DAME VERA Lynn was born in 1917. She grew up in East Ham, and made her first public singing appearance at the age of seven. She sang for troops during the Second World War; her hits include "We'll Meet Again", "White Cliffs of Dover" and "Yours". With "Auf Wiedersehen", she became the first British artiste to top the American hit parade. She married her manager, Harry Lewis, in 1941 and they had one daughter. She was awarded an OBE in 1969 and became a dame in 1975. She is a founder member of SOS (Stars Organisation for Spastics), and raises money for Scope. Now aged 82, she lives in Ditchling, East Sussex.
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