Wealden MP’s debate on refugee crisis

Nus Ghani
Nus Ghani

Wealden MP, Nus Ghani, has welcomed the Prime Minister’s decision to welcome 20,000 refugees to the UK.

This week she made a speech in an emergency debate in the House of Commons on the refugee crisis.

Ms Ghani said: “No one can have failed to be deeply moved by the picture of Aylan’s lifeless body on the Turkish beach. We can do nothing for Aylan but mourn. But while our consciences cry out to act now and act with compassion, it is our hard-headed duty to address the root causes and ask the difficult questions.

“Aylan’s father asked what Arab-speaking countries were doing in the region. The lack of welcome for refugees across the Middle East cannot be ignored. Let us ask the hard-headed question, where are the Arab countries in all this?

“It is our clear duty to do all we can to deter the people traffickers peddling false hope by selling death in airless lorries and cramming families onto leaking dinghies that seal their fate.

“We are seeing migration levels not experienced since the Second World War. A global crisis needs an international response which is why it is right that our international aid budget will be re-assigned to provide the funding to support the 20,000 refugees.

“We must be prepared to tackle the fundamental cause of the instability wreaking havoc in the Middle East. Wahhabi extremism is the cancer that has destroyed the body politic of Syria and Iraq. Daesh (ISIS) needs to be destroyed. There can be no ‘political solution’ until that happens and we must hold our nerve and consider effective military intervention at the earliest opportunity.”

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