About that 'migrant baby boom' Daily Express front page

Today's Daily Express splash warns/shouts that one in four babies in Britain are being born to migrants - putting “huge pressure on public services”.

The article claims that the “country’s population is now at a record high of 64.8 million” (it has set a new record every day for approximately 32 years by the way, that’s what growing populations do) and that migrant mothers are “fuelling Britain’s population explosion and piling pressure on already over-stretched public services”.

Of course, the other 75 per cent of mothers have nothing to do with pressure on public services.

To briefly remind you of some Britons that come from migrant parents, here’s a quick list.

Nick Clegg

The mother of the former Liberal Democrat leader is Dutch. She met Clegg's father, Nicholas Peter Clegg, CBE, during a visit to England in 1956, and they married in 1959.

The Miliband brothers

Ed and David Miliband are children of Polish-born Marion Kozak, and Belgian-born Ralph Miliband (whose parents were Polish), both Holocaust survivors.

Helen Mirren

Dame Helen was born was born Helen Lydia Mironoff and her father, Vasily Petrovich Mironoff was Russian, originally from Kuryanovo, Smolensk Oblast.

Sajid Javid

Javid was born in Rochdale, Lancashire, as one of five sons to a bus driver of Pakistani descent.

Nigel Farage’s children

Two of Mr Farage’s children, Victoria and Isabelle, were born to Kirsten Mehr, a German national, in 2000 and 2005 respectively. The Ukip leader is quoted in the Express article above...

Winston Churchill

Churchill’s mother, Lady Randolph Churchill, was the daughter of American millionaire Leonard Jerome.

Richard Curtis

Moving on to immigrants in general, screenwriter Curtis was born in Wellington, New Zealand the son of Australian parents. His father was a Czechoslovakian refugee who moved to Australia when aged 13, and Curtis moved to England when he was 11

The royal family

George I Hanover inherited the throne in 1714, speaking German and French and very little English.

In 1917, when King George V changed the name of the royal house from Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (a German dynasty), members of the royal family belong, either by birth or marriage, to the House of Windsor.

Mo Farah

One of Britain’s most successful Olympians, Farah was born in Mogadishu, Somalia.

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