Elaine Bagshaw, Liberal Democrat candidate in City & East, calls on Mark Field, Tory MP for Cities of London & Westminster to explain why he voted against help for refugee children.
There are nearly a hundred thousand children travelling alone in Europe as refugees from war in Syria and elsewhere. Mr Field was one of 289 Tory MPs who voted to defeat the "Dubs" amendment that would have offered shelter to just 3,000.
Elaine Bagshaw said:
"Mark Field has called for the Conservative Party to set out a bold and sure-footed vision of modern Britain’s contribution to global affairs. But when he was given the opportunity he voted instead to turn his back on those most in need of our aid. I think voters in the East of London deserve to know why."
Britain has a proud history of giving help to those in need. But the Conservative Government has let Britain down once again, failing to listen to that history or the national mood.
Liberal Democrat Leader Tim Farron has made this a personal campaign, recently returned from visiting refugee camps in Greece. He said:
"The UK has consistently stood up for best in human nature, tonight Government have dishonoured that legacy"
Mr Farron pledged that Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords would work with other Parties to try and get the government to think again.
Note for editors:
Lords Amendment 87 to the Immigration Bill (The "Dubs" Amendment) would have made provision as follows:
Insert the following new clause—
“Unaccompanied refugee children: relocation and support
(1) The Secretary of State must, as soon as possible after the passing of this Act, make arrangements to relocate to the United Kingdom and support 3,000 unaccompanied refugee children from other countries in Europe.
(2) The relocation of children under subsection (1) shall be in addition to the resettlement of children under the Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme.”