Britain has a proud heritage of helping those seeking sanctuary, from the middle ages we have had an approach of ‘liberal tolerance’ for those fleeing persecution, war and violence.
During the second World War we supported the Kindertransport scheme to receive children fleeing Nazi Germany. Yet, today, in the 21st century, the Conservative Government has decided to abandon this heritage. Britain will no longer support the so-called Dubbs scheme to provide sanctuary for 3,000 unaccompanied children in the UK. Instead, the Government claims that admitting just 350 under this scheme is adequate, as we have also allowed refuge for families with children in the UK under a separate scheme.
This is shameful. To leave 2,650 children, with no family, without safety and security is appalling.
So too is the attitude of the Lewes Member of Parliament, Maria Caulfield. Her initial response to the proposed scheme in the immigration bill last year was to vote against it. She then flipped to voting for the Dubs scheme. Then, when the issue was debated in Parliament last week, she did not attend. Since then she has blocked numerous constituents on social media who have spoken to her about child refugees.
I want to live in a world where we help those in need, where communities support each other and where those elected by their constituents listen and respond to their constituents. The acts of our government and our MP on child refugees beggars belief.
Liberal Democrat Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Lewes
Broad Street North, Seaford