Refugees Welcome

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Local Labour activists campaigning for SLDC and CCC to give sanctuary to Syrian refugees.

Activists from the local Labour Party gathered in Kendal on Saturday (5September) campaigning for sanctuary to be given to Syrian refugees fleeing the war in their home country. Setting up a stall in The Birdcage they talked to shoppers about the crisis and are asking people to sign a petition calling on South Lakeland District Council and Cumbria County Council to “make a commitment to give sanctuary to refugees coming to the UK from Syria and other war zones, on a 'fair share' basis with other UK councils”. They were also calling for Tim Farron MP to press the Government to make extra resources available to local councils to facilitate the reception and resettlement of refugees.

Standing behind a poster proclaiming “Refugees Welcome Here”, John Bateson, Labour’s candidate in the general election reported getting 'a very warm response' from Kendal shoppers. “In addition to signing petitions, local people told us they are standing by to help, such as offering the use of a spare room in their home. We urgently need a coordinated effort, led by the local authorities, to play our part. The Government must also step in to help where more resources are needed to support the new arrivals.”

Readers can sign the online version of the “Give sanctuary in South Lakeland to Syrian refugees” petition by visiting the website change.org

Paul Braithwaite, South Lakes Labour Party Chair, commented: 
“People power has forced David Cameron to move on this issue. Now we need to see action on bringing Syrian refugees to the UK. Councils throughout the country are coming forward offering to take people and we are calling on South Lakeland District Council and Cumbria County Council to commit to taking our fair share.”

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