MP’s refugee campaign

Syrian refugees
Syrian refugees

WIGAN MP Lisa Nandy has vowed to do what she can to help house desperate refugees who are fleeing war-torn countries.

Following Wigan Council’s call for people to donate supplies and items, Ms Nandy has launched a petition - Refugees Welcome in Wigan - on Change.org.

David Cameron’s response to the refugee crisis has been abysmal with only 613 Syrian refugees being granted asylum so far this year

Lisa Nandy MP

In a letter to Prime Minister David Cameron, she demands that he allows more asylum seekers into the country.

She said: “David Cameron’s response to the refugee crisis has been abysmal with only 613 Syrian refugees being granted asylum so far this year.

“The Prime Minister’s announcement that Britain will grant asylum for a maximum of 20,000 more Syrian refugees by 2020 does not go far enough.

“This is woefully short of what other European countries are doing and will leave thousands of refugees in limbo.

“We don’t want Britain to be the kind of country that turns its back as people drown in their desperation to flee places like Syria.

“We need to send a message to the Prime Minister that in cities, towns and villages all across the country we’re ready to welcome people now.

“Let’s stand up for Britain’s long tradition of helping refugees fleeing war. Let’s show the Prime Minister that we, the people of the UK, are proud to do our part and provide refuge to people in their hour of need.”

Ms Nandy is just one of several people who have launched campaigns to ensure asylum seekers are given a safe place to stay.

Residents in Furness and Stroud have petitioned to their local councils to open their hearts to the men, women and children in need of sanctuary.

National newspaper Independent set up a petition - Britain Must Accept its Fair Share of Refugees Seeking Safety in Europe - which has more than 381,000 supporters on Change.org.

Other countries across the globe are also tugging at the heartstrings of their leaders.

A campaign urging President Barack Obama to resettle Syrian refugees in the United States has more than 46,000 signatures.

Act for Peace is calling for the Australian government to help, with a similar request in New Zealand.

Meanwhile, back in the UK, a petition to swap harsh critic and TV personality Katie Hopkins for 500,000 refugees has gathered 60,000 signatures.

To sign Ms Nandy’s petition, visit www.change.org and type Refugees Wigan in the search bar.