London has a proud history of providing a safe haven for refugees of war and conflict. I know this because my mother fled from the Nazis as a teenager and came here alone. She was placed with a foster family and allowed to train as a nurse. She always told me that London was her safe haven.
These people are desperate refugees fleeing for their very lives. London should be willing to play its part in helping them.
London’s councils have led the way rightly saying they stand ready to help with the crisis. It’s time the Government stepped up to the plate and made sure the UK is not shying away from its responsibilities in responding to this humanitarian crisis.
This is a truly tragic situation affecting millions of people and whilst the Mayor is right that the root cause of this refugee crisis needs to be resolved we cannot abdicate our moral responsibility to help those affected now.
I am proud that the Assembly unanimously agreed a motion recognising the need for London to play its part.
The full text of the Motion is:
“This Assembly wishes to continue London’s proud history of providing a safe haven for refugees of war and conflict.
This Assembly agrees that, while the root cause of the conflict in Syria and current refugee crisis in Europe needs to be resolved, we cannot abdicate our moral responsibility to help those affected now.
We welcome London Councils’ statements that they stand ready to help with the Syrian refugee crisis, and urge the Mayor and the Government to ensure refugees are welcomed to London as part of the UK playing a full role in the international humanitarian response to the current crisis.”