Woking’s MP must vote for safe and legal routes for refugees, Lib Dems say

November 3, 2020 9:36 AM
By Cllr Will Forster

The local Lib Dems have called on Woking's MP to this week vote in favour of safe and legal routes to sanctuary for vulnerable refugees.

In a letter to Jonathan Lord, Lib Dem spokesperson for Woking, Will Forster argued that safe and legal routes are the best way to "combat people smuggling and human trafficking" and to prevent "dangerous attempts to cross the Channel."

The vote comes on Wednesday 4th November in an amendment to the Immigration Bill just days after four people, including children, tragically lost their lives trying to cross the Channel.

The Lib Dems, who are also urging the public to back their petition, want MPs to back proposals that would maintain the rights for refugees in Europe to be reunited with their families and ensure that unaccompanied child refugees can be resettled in the UK.

Lib Dem Home Affairs Spokesperson, Alistair Carmichael MP, said:

"Within just the last few days, yet more people have tragically lost their lives trying to cross the Channel. It is utterly heartbreaking, especially for the friends and families left behind."

"It is hard to imagine how desperate people must be to climb into these boats in search of a better life. It just is not right that vulnerable people are left no choice but to make these perilous attempts."

Lib Dem Woking Spokesperson, Councillor Will Forster, added:

"Our priority must be to save lives, and that means providing safe and legal routes to sanctuary in the UK for refugees."

"For Woking's MP, that means doing the only decent thing and voting to maintain the rights for refugees in Europe to be reunited with their families and ensure that unaccompanied child refugees can be resettled in the UK."