Former Labour MP blasts Britain’s decision not to offer refuge to 3000 unaccompanied children

Former Labour MP blasts Britain’s decision not to offer refuge to 3000 unaccompanied children

Lord Alf Dubs speaks to two child refugees from Syria on College Green

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Former Labour MP Lord Alf Dubs has blasted Britain’s decision not to offer safe haven to 3000 unaccompanied children.

Charities led by Save the Children are urging MPs on both sides of the house to back an amendment to the immigration bill tabled by the Labour peer, with the House of Commons having voted against it earlier this week.

Dubs, who travelled to Britain on the Kindertransport scheme from Nazi occupied Czechoslovakia in 1939, claimed he ‘wouldn’t have survived’ without Britain’s help.

He told talkRADIO: “There is no political price to pay for doing this [refusing these children refuge]. Overall I find it puzzling and pretty shabby.

“This country has been fantastic to me, it’s given me amazing opportunities. I’d like to think it would help out others.”

“These young refugees in Europe may not be in danger of gas chambers but they are vulnerable. I’m not saying we should take them all, but Britain should take its share.”