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  1. Monday 25th Januay 2016

    posted by Joana Ramiro in Britain

    Labour top team demands action for refugees while Cameron jets off on jollies

    LABOUR condemned callous Prime Minister David Cameron yesterday, slamming the top Tory for showing “a real lack of judgement and leadership during this refugee crisis.”

    Shadow home secretary Andy Burnham scolded the PM for jetting off on a European jolly while thousands suffered, as Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn urged that Britain “reach out the hand of humanity to the victims of war and brutal repression.”

    Aid workers and campaigners said matters would only get worse if Britain did not take in more refugees.

    “David Cameron has been found guilty of a real lack of judgement and leadership during this refugee crisis,” Mr Burnham charged.

    “He has been pursuing his own individual demands on EU migration while the rest of Europe has been grappling with the biggest humanitarian crisis since the second world war.

    “He has left Britain looking blinkered and selfish.

    “Just miles from our own doorstep, there are hundreds of refugee children in makeshift French camps living alone in abhorrent conditions.

    “Britain can, and should, be doing more to give those kids a place of safety and I believe the vast majority of people here would support it.”

    He spoke after Mr Corbyn visited the camp of Grande Synthe near Dunkirk, where over 2,000 people live in conditions described as “far worse” than those in Calais, and called for an effort like that mounted to rescue Jewish children from the nazis.

    “We must reach out the hand of humanity to the victims of war and brutal repression,” the Labour leader said.

    “Along with other EU states, Britain needs to accept its share of refugees from the conflicts on Europe’s borders, including the horrific civil war in Syria.

    “We have to do more. As a matter of urgency, David Cameron should act to give refuge to unaccompanied refugee children now in Europe — as we did with Jewish Kindertransport children escaping from nazi tyranny in the 1930s.”

    Mr Burnham spoke out yesterday after 50 refugees living in the notorious Jungle refugee camp in Calais stowed away on a ferry in a bid to reach safety in Britain, but were caught — causing a several-hour delay to cross-Channel traffic.

    Road Haulage Association boss Richard Burnett demanded that French squaddies be deployed before a “UK-bound truck driver is killed.”

    He called for harsh measures to stop what he termed “migrant mayhem.”

    “This latest episode has made the headlines, but the many incidents of attacks and intimidation faced by our British drivers on a daily basis are going unreported as, depressingly, they are now being regarded as routine.

    “It is now time for the authorities to acknowledge and meet our demand for the French military to be deployed to secure the port and its approaches.”

    But campaigners warned that the military was not the solution to the “enormous amount of desperation” felt by refugees.

    “It is understandable that the current situation in Calais puts tremendous pressure on lorry and train drivers,” London2Calais aid worker Mona Dohle said.

    “But migrants shouldn’t be blamed for this crisis. They are forced to enter Britain illegally because there is no legal procedure for entering.

    “It takes an enormous amount of desperation in order to risk your life jumping on a train or lorry.

    “If lorry drivers have any complaints, they should raise them with the British government, not with refugees.

    “There is only one way to end this crisis, open the borders and allow safe passage.”



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