Before the next election, the Refugee Council, Liberty and the Scottish Refugee Council are calling on all elected representatives to sign our asylum election pledge and remember Britain’s history as a place of refuge for the persecuted.
If you are an MP or prospective parliamentary candidate, you can sign the asylum election pledge here
There is no place for racism and xenophobia in modern British politics. Nor is democratic debate advanced by the denigration of the most vulnerable in our country, including children and asylum seekers who do not enjoy the right to participate in elections.
I promise to remember the importance of refugee protection, even in free and wide-ranging debates about immigration policy. I will never play fast and loose with the proud tradition of a nation that must always offer succour to those in genuine fear of persecution.