'Britain isn't responsible for migrant crisis': MP Charlie Elphicke responds to Francois Hollande's Calais Jungle comments

Francois Hollande: 'We're doing our bit' for Calais migrants, says Charlie Elphicke MP

Francois Hollande

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Charlie Elphicke MP has vehemently disputed Francois Hollande's call for Britain to step up and "play its part" in humantarian efforts within the Calais Jungle. 

The French President, speaking during a visit to the port town, called on the UK to make an effort to solve the migrant crisis in Calais and across Europe. 

Mr Hollande is looking to have the jungle dismantled by winter. However the British government has responded to his comments by saying “the dismantling of the camp in Calais is a matter for the French government”.

Elphicke, the MP for Dover, told Julia Hartley-Brewer: "I completely disagree with President Hollande. We are not responsible for the migrant crisis. 

"The reason the jungle is at Calais is because this is the first border they come to. The Home Office is working hard to make sure any children are reunited with family in Britain. 

"For the others, the question is why France are letting them stay in such extreme circumstances. The idea that Britain isn't playing its part - we're taking in 20,000 of the most vulnerable refugees from Syria.

"I think we're doing our bit."

Earlier this year talkRADIO obtained an exclusive interview with a Calais Jungle migrant who came to Britain after attempting to crawl through the Channel Tunnel. Read the piece here.