Steve Brine MP

for Winchester & Chandler's Ford

05 JAN 2016

Syrian refugees welcomed to Winchester

Steve Brine spoke passionately in the House of Commons on Tuesday 5th January about the recent resettlement of Syrian refugees in Winchester.

The Winchester MP told the Prime Minister, who was updating the House at length on our national security, that he had been fortunate to meet a Syrian family which had resettled in the city just before Christmas, and how grateful the parents were for the action the government had taken.

He said: "Watching the tears well up in the eyes of their little girl, who was the same age as my own daughter, was a reminder of what a harrowing experience they had been through."

Mr Brine had received a huge volume of emails and letters backing the government's stance to take in 20,000 Syrian refugees from the displacement camps in the Middle East, and not those who had actively travelled to Western Europe themselves to seek asylum, and pressed the support for the plan to government colleagues before the decision was announced.

He added: "Taking one thousand by Christmas was a big ask, but we did it. The fact that the British Red Cross, a caseworker and interpreter were with these families was an example and a reminder for me that bringing refugees here in manageable numbers is not only smart on our part, it's kinder to them because we're able to give them the ordered welcome with the services they need and deserve."

Mr Cameron praised how the situation had been handled, and pledged to ensure that we deliver the 20,000 figure by the end of the Parliament which had been promised in the Autumn, while paying tribute to local authorities for the work they have carried out.

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