Government must heed call and accept unaccompanied children

January 4, 2016 5:53 PM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

TF meets refugeesLiberal Democrat leader Tim Farron has welcomed the International Development Committee's call for the Government to accept an additional 3,000 refugee children from within Europe.

Working with Save the Children, Tim recently proposed a bill in Parliament on the issue, he made it the subject of his first Prime MInister's Question as Lib Dem leader, and in negotiations over supporting airstrikes in Syria Tim Farron secured David Cameron's agreement to review his decision.

Tim Farron said:

"It is good to see the International Development Committee endorsing our call on the government to accept 3,000 unaccompanied refugee children from Europe.

"There are many thousands of orphaned children fleeing war and persecution in Syria. Britain has always been a beacon of hope for people in their darkest hour. It is time for Britain to do the right thing. The government must now act to save these vulnerable children by offering them safety and sanctuary in the UK.

"It could not be clearer these children deserve our support and our help. David Cameron must start turning warm words into positive action.

"Politicians from all parties in this country are agreed the Kindertransport, which brought over unaccompanied Jewish children from Germany in 1938, was the right thing to do. Now we need a new Kindertransport to save another group of vulnerable children, and send a clear signal of the renewal of the British values of which we are so proud."