Religious leader Mohammad Saleem Akhtar said that although he supported the right for free speech, he felt the EDL demonstration was a "waste of time".
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After a wet and windy start, rain will clear to the north to leave it dry, with easing winds but largely cloudy skies.
Early rain will clear northwards during the morning, allowing drier conditions behind.
Thousands of patients have had their operations and appointments cancelled despite a strike by junior doctors being called off.