We in West Norfolk Liberal Democrats are appalled that both our local Conservative MPs Sir Henry Bellingham and Liz Truss have voted to end the Dubs scheme allowing unaccompanied child refugees from Syria safe passage to the UK.
The scheme was set up to allow 3,000 displaced victims of the civil war refuge in our country. Instead Conservative and Unionist MPs, with only a few honourable exceptions, have voted to ditch the scheme. Now only 350 children will be permitted entry. It is ironic that as a consequence of the Government’s pursuit of hard Brexit, all the frontrunners in the French presidential elections have now said that they will move UK border control back from Calais to Dover. At that point as many refugees as wish to, including of course, these children, will be able to travel to Britain anyway. They should know that at least some of us here in West Norfolk will be ready to treat them with the tolerance, compassion and human decency which their dreadful plight deserves.
The Rev Simon Wilson
Chairman, West Norfolk Liberal Democrats
The Vicarage, Heacham