2 September 2015 Refugee Council: Please act now
The world is in the grip of the greatest refugee crisis in recent memory.
Shamefully, our leaders’ response has been to build the walls of fortress Europe ever higher, leaving desperate people dying disgracefully on our doorstep in the Mediterranean Sea.
We must resettle more people; bringing them directly and safely to European countries. We must also allow people to reunite with their loved ones; by making it easier for refugees to join their relatives already living in safety in Britain.
Ask your MP to call on the Prime Minister to act now.
Please follow the simple instructions that follow to email your MP. It will only take a couple of minutes but could help save lives.
Click here: http://act.refugeecouncil.org.uk/lobby/medcrisis
The pre-written letter which I have changed here slightly says:
I am horrified by the humanitarian disaster unfolding on our doorstep in the Mediterranean Sea, and in Calais, Kos etc. In the face of the worst refugee crisis since World War II, men, women and children are being forced to risk their lives because they lack legal routes to safety in the UK and other EU countries. In April alone, 1,300 people died or went missing attempting to make this perilous journey. As your constituent, I am writing to you to urge you to take action.
Please call on the Prime Minister to work with other leaders in Europe by responding compassionately and ensuring that saving lives is central to any response. Please urge him to voluntarily pledge that his Government will:
- offer thousands of additional places on Britain’s life-changing resettlement programmes to refugees around the world, bringing them directly and safely from the region to our shores.
- make it easier for refugees to join relatives already living in safety in Britain, so that they can travel legally without being forced to undertake dangerous journeys in their search for refuge.
Please also show your support by signing EDM 99.
I want to live in a country that stands up for the world’s refugees; by not only offering them protection once they arrive here, but also by creating legal routes so they are not forced to put their lives in the hands of smugglers in their search for a safe haven.
I look forward to hearing your views on this matter.
Early day motion 99
REFUGEES CROSSING THE MEDITERRANEAN AND MARE NOSTRUM
- Session: 2015-16
- Date tabled: 09.06.2015
- Primary sponsor: Debbonaire, Thangam
That this House urges the Prime Minister to recognise the fatal impact of the decision in 2014 to cancel Operation Mare Nostrum in October 2014, and the decision to replace it with the much more limited Operation Triton, resulting in the loss of thousands of lives of desperate refugees, exploited by traffickers; further urges the Prime Minister to do everything in his power to restore the full provisions of Mare Nostrum; and calls on him to review urgently the numbers of places available in the UK for refugees, particularly those who have relatives in this country, who are fleeing violence, persecution and suffering.
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Name Party Constituency Date Signed Abbott, Diane Labour Party Hackney North and Stoke Newington 11.06.2015 Ahmed-Sheikh, Tasmina Scottish National Party Ochil and South Perthshire 22.06.2015 Anderson, David Labour Party Blaydon 16.06.2015 Black, Mhairi Scottish National Party Paisley and Renfrewshire South 21.07.2015 Blackford, Ian Scottish National Party Ross Skye and Lochaber 22.06.2015 Blomfield, Paul Labour Party Sheffield Central 17.06.2015 Brown, Alan Scottish National Party Kilmarnock and Loudoun 21.07.2015 Burgon, Richard Labour Party Leeds East 15.06.2015 Butler, Dawn Labour Party Brent Central 09.06.2015 Cherry, Joanna Scottish National Party Edinburgh South West 02.07.2015 Cooper, Julie Labour Party Burnley 09.06.2015 Corbyn, Jeremy Labour Party Islington North 10.06.2015 Cox, Jo Labour Party Batley and Spen 09.06.2015 Day, Martyn Scottish National Party Linlithgow and East Falkirk 10.06.2015 Debbonaire, Thangam Labour Party Bristol West 09.06.2015 Docherty, Martin Scottish National Party West Dunbartonshire 16.06.2015 Durkan, Mark Social Democratic and Labour Party Foyle 09.06.2015 Edwards, Jonathan Plaid Cymru Carmarthen East and Dinefwr 10.06.2015 Farron, Tim Liberal Democrats Westmorland and Lonsdale 13.07.2015 Flello, Robert Labour Party Stoke-on-Trent South 15.06.2015 Fletcher, Colleen Labour Party Coventry North East 06.07.2015 Foxcroft, Vicky Labour Party Lewisham Deptford 15.06.2015 Grady, Patrick Scottish National Party Glasgow North 21.07.2015 Hamilton, Fabian Labour Party Leeds North East 15.07.2015 Harpham, Harry Labour Party Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough 10.06.2015 Hendry, Drew Scottish National Party Inverness Nairn Badenoch and Strathspey 11.06.2015 Hermon, Lady INDEPENDENT North Down 10.06.2015 Kinnock, Stephen Labour Party Aberavon 23.06.2015 Lamb, Norman Liberal Democrats North Norfolk 02.07.2015 Lavery, Ian Labour Party Wansbeck 11.06.2015 Long Bailey, Rebecca Labour Party Salford and Eccles 10.06.2015 Lucas, Caroline Green Party Brighton Pavilion 11.06.2015 MacNeil, Angus Scottish National Party Na h-Eileanan an Iar 02.07.2015 Marsden, Gordon Labour Party Blackpool South 22.06.2015 Maskell, Rachael Labour Party York Central 09.06.2015 Matheson, Chris Labour Party City of Chester 18.06.2015 McDonnell, Alasdair Social Democratic and Labour Party Belfast South 10.06.2015 McDonnell, John Labour Party Hayes and Harlington 10.06.2015 McInnes, Liz Labour Party Heywood and Middleton 15.06.2015 McNally, John Scottish National Party Falkirk 11.06.2015 Meale, Alan Labour Party Mansfield 15.06.2015 Monaghan, Carol Scottish National Party Glasgow North West 01.07.2015 Mullin, Roger Scottish National Party Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath 15.06.2015 Onn, Melanie Labour Party Great Grimsby 09.06.2015 Osamor, Kate Labour Party Edmonton 09.06.2015 Oswald, Kirsten Scottish National Party East Renfrewshire 10.06.2015 Pearce, Teresa Labour Party Erith and Thamesmead 08.07.2015 Pugh, John Liberal Democrats Southport 13.07.2015 Qureshi, Yasmin Labour Party Bolton South East 02.07.2015 Rayner, Angela Labour Party Ashton under Lyne 15.06.2015 Rimmer, Marie Labour Party St Helens South and Whiston 15.06.2015 Saville Roberts, Liz Plaid Cymru Dwyfor Meirionnydd 10.06.2015 Shannon, Jim Democratic Unionist Party Strangford 10.06.2015 Sheppard, Tommy Scottish National Party Edinburgh East 13.07.2015 Smeeth, Ruth Labour Party Stoke-on-Trent North 10.06.2015 Smith, Jeff Labour Party Manchester Withington 09.06.2015 Smyth, Karin Labour Party Bristol South 09.06.2015 Stephens, Christopher Scottish National Party Glasgow South West 11.06.2015 Streeting, Wes Labour Party Ilford North 15.06.2015 Thewliss, Alison Scottish National Party Glasgow Central 15.06.2015 Thomas-Symonds, Nick Labour Party Torfaen 16.06.2015 Turley, Anna Labour Party Redcar 09.06.2015 Weir, Mike Scottish National Party Angus 10.06.2015 West, Catherine Labour Party Hornsey and Wood Green 10.06.2015 Whitford, Philippa Scottish National Party Central Ayrshire 22.06.2015 Williams, Mark Liberal Democrats Ceredigion 18.06.2015 Wilson, Corri Scottish National Party Ayr Carrick and Cumnock 15.07.2015 Zeichner, Daniel Labour Party Cambridge 23.06.2015