Unaccompanied Children

28th February 2017
On Thursday 23rd February Local MP, David Burrowes, called on the Government to ‘widen’ its commitment to transferring unaccompanied children from Europe, as it has "not yet fulfilled its moral and legal legal duty to child refugees" through the ‘Dubs amendment’ to the Immigration Act. 
 
Following a Government announcement that, based on a consultation with local authorities, the scheme will only transfer 350 more children. Mr Burrowes helped to secure a debate to challenge the Government. 
 
Mr Burrowes said: ‘We should want to do the maximum for the most vulnerable refugees who need our support. The Government responded practically to Lord Dubs calls by recognising that focusing on numbers is not the best way to handle such a crisis. However, our moral and legal responsibilities to fulfil the Dubs amendment go way beyond 350 children’.
 
Mr Burrowes went on to reassure the House that, as the Home Secretary has stated, ‘The scheme has not closed’ and as it is a matter of statute ‘the Dubs amendment still stands’. He closed his speech by calling on the Government to find ways to ‘widen’ the offer, ‘not least for the 3,000 unaccompanied Nigerian children - most of whom the anti-slavery commissioner found to have been trafficked - that arrived in Italy by sea last year. I urge the Government to take our responsibilities seriously, keeping the Dubs amendment wide open and ensuring that we can keep on the path of safety for these child refugees.’

Easter Newsletter

Apart from Cadbury's most people recognise Easter, particularly Christians as we remember the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. A dedicated holiday on Good Friday highlights our enduring Christian heritage. As for me I will have contrasting experiences of Easter. On Good Friday I will attend the Greek Orthodox service at St Demetrios Church and join with many hundred in procession around the church. On Saturday 22nd April at 7.30pm I will be taking part in a dramatic presentation at my church in Enfield (www.eefc.net) donning a wig and gown as a Defence Counsel in a case about the evidence for the Resurrection entitled 'Who moved the stone?'

I recognise my Jewish constituents are also celebrating a most significant time in their calendar remembering the Passover. For others it is simply a time to be with the family and eat lots of chocolate! However you will be celebrating Easter, I send you my best wishes.

David Burrowes MP

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