Call on the Prime Minister to protect refugees in the Mediterranean

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.

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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


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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Total number of signatures: 68

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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