Cambridge MP expresses support for refugees

Lili Bidwell 26 April 2016

The Cambridge MP Daniel Zeichner has called for the government to help the refugeees, expressing his support for a bill that would have allowed 3000 unaccompanied refugee children to enter Britain and end detention centres for pregnant mothers. However, last night, the bill was rejected in the House of Commons, by a vote of 294 to 276.

Already an estimated 10,000 unaccompanied children have gone missing since entering Europe, out of a total of 26,000 who have entered. Additionally, 69 pregnant women were detained in 2015 alone. 

Government ministers voting against the bill warned that it risked incentivising child trafficking. They also announced that the UK would take up to 3,000 refugees, mostly vulnerable children, from the Syria region by 2020.

Alongside supporting the failed bill, Zeichner praised the Cambridge people for their actions, saying that "Cambridge welcomes refugees. That was the message from the fantastic Cambridge Refugee Resettlement Campaign event. Cambridge people are coordinating offers of help from individuals and organisations across Cambridgeshire, and providing vital support and aid to refugees in the camps at Calais."

He is also involved with the Cambridge Refugee Resettlement Campaign which is coordinates people and organisations from across Cambridgeshire who wish to help refugees. This campaign aims to provide accommodation for refugees, and help support and integrate refugees once they arrive.