Church of England Bishop criticises Cameron for describing migrants as a 'swarm'

Bishop of Dover Trevor Willmot. Credit: PA

A Church of England bishop has criticised the Prime Minister for his controversial description of migrants seeking to come to the UK as a "swarm".

Bishop of Dover Trevor Willmott said both the media and politicians should not "forget our humanity" when responding to the migrant crisis in the French port of Calais, where thousands are trying to get the UK.

He asked for David Cameron to "soften" his rhetoric and deal with the problem in a "non-hostile way".

Cameron was criticised after telling ITV News that the problem of illegal immigration had become more acute in recent months because "you have got a swarm of people coming across the Mediterranean, seeking a better life, wanting to come to Britain".

The comment was described as "disgraceful" by Labour leadership candidate Andy Burnham, while Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said: "We are talking about human beings here, not insects."