Be 'bold and ambitious' in handling Syrian refugee crisis, MPs tell David Cameron
David Cameron must be "bold and ambitious" in his response to the Syrian refugee crisis, a coalition of MPs and peers demand today.
In an open letter, more than 60 MPs and peers have written to the Prime Minister after the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) issued a fresh call for countries to find homes for 130,000 vulnerable people from Syria over the next three years. The letter was written after the first of "several hundred" Syrians arrived in Britain under the Government's Vulnerable Persons Scheme last month.
Mr Cameron was criticised over his U-turn on the arrival in Britain of the Syrian refugees in January. Conservative backbench MPs accused the Government of "political posturing and tokenism" over the decision to allow the refugees to enter Britain. Speaking at the time, Mr Cameron said the UK had taken in more than 1,000 Syrian asylum seekers and was fulfilling its "moral obligations to the people of Syria".
The refugees' arrival followed a protracted campaign, supported by The Independent, which forced the Government to open the UK's doors to vulnerable women and girls who had experienced or were at risk from sexual violence, as well as elderly and disabled refugees and survivors of torture.
The Home Secretary, Theresa May, said the UK would run its own Vulnerable Person Relocation scheme, giving refugees five years' humanitarian protection.
Anna Musgrave from the Refugee Council, which organised the letter to Mr Cameron, said yesterday: "Sadly, the humanitarian crisis in Syria and the surrounding region isn't going away soon. If anything, it's going to get worse."
Harry Potter actor suffered 'severe flu-like symptoms' on a flight from London to Orlando
First full-length look is finally here
World cities ranked in terms of safety, food security and 'liveability'
- 2 The awkward moment Sarah Palin raised $25,000 for Hillary Clinton's election campaign
- 3 Ball pool for adults opens in London
- 4 Amal Clooney gives excellent response to fashion question at European Court of Human Rights
- 5 Baldness could soon be treated using stem cells, scientists hope
Woman falls to her death as she celebrates marriage proposal at the edge of Ibiza cliff
Sex abuse inquiry: 'Victims receive death threats' after MPs release names online
Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
Teenager brandishing fake gun taken down by police after demanding airtime on Netherlands' NOS TV station
The awkward moment Sarah Palin raised $25,000 for Hillary Clinton's election campaign
9 reasons Greece's experiment with the radical left is doomed to failure
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
Have we reached 'peak food'? Shortages loom as global production rates slow
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
Liberal Democrat minister defends comments suggesting immigration causes pub closures
£26000 - £31000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Digital Content Manager is re...
£40000 - £60000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is a fantastic opportunity...
£14000 - £17500 per annum: Recruitment Genius: The successful applicant will b...
£41500 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This company is going through a period o...