SNP plans Commons refugee debate

#TSNEWS – Sept.05: The SNP has confirmed it will use an opportunity on Wednesday to hold the UK government to account over its stance on the refugee crisis.

The party will devote its opposition day debate in the Commons to the issue, having accused the prime minister of failing to show leadership.

David Cameron has said the UK will take thousands more refugees from Syrian camps.
He has also pledged an additional £100m in aid.

But Scottish first minister and SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon has urged Mr Cameron to “do more” to help those in need.

A leading member of the Scottish Catholic Church also called for action, arguing that the UK needed to be “generous in providing a safe haven” for refugees seeking to enter Europe.
The Archbishop of Glasgow, Philip Tartaglia, criticised the “mean-spirited and unhelpful” approach Britain had adopted so far.

In an article in the Herald newspaper, he said the Conservative leader “appeared to offer no hope to those who have already reached Europe”.

He wrote: “In my view the refugees crisis is a test, not of political shrewdness, but of common humanity. What is happening in the Mediterranean, Calais and other access points is an affront to human dignity.”
The archbishop’s comments came after Ms Sturgeon hosted an emergency summit in Edinburgh on Friday involving the Scottish Refugee Council, council leaders, religious groups and opposition politicians to discuss what could be done.

The Scottish government has also agreed to set up a taskforce to co-ordinate the country’s response to the crisis.

The first minister said Scotland should accept 1,000 people as a “starting point” for further help, and council leaders across the country have signalled a willingness to shelter refugees.

SNP plans Commons refugee debate_85380145_028860049.jpgThe SNP confirms it will use an opportunity on Wednesday to hold the UK government to account over its stance on the refugee crisis.

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