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The Sun’s pre-election plea to readers to not vote for Jeremy Corbyn caused a dramatic divide in the media – but not for the reasons you might expect.
Supporters of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn bought up copies of The Sun – not to read, but to set alight.
Scottish author John Niven supported burning the paper, but others including radio presenter Julia-Hartley Brewer were deeply critical.
Jane Merrick, co-editor of The Spoon summarised the opposition to the burnings, saying: “Burning newspapers is deeply sinister”.

The most controversial British front pages of the past 12 months

2017 was a big year for news – which means it was also a big year for British newspapers.

Whether it was Brexit, sexism, or the General Election, the papers always had a front page ready to capture the national conversation.

Some of these were loved, but most caused a storm in what was a whirlwind year for news.

Either way, these are the front pages that left a lasting impression and will be remembered beyond the year.

These are the eight most controversial British press front pages of the year.

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