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Wednesday, 10 February 2016

David Cameron has ‘betrayed Britain’s values over the refugee crisis’

An urgent summit to discuss unaccompanied asylum-seeking children who have fled conflict, poverty and persecution will be chaired tomorrow by Leader of the Liberal Democrats Tim Farron. On the eve of the summit Tim Farron has said that the Prime Minister is ‘betraying Britain’s values’ by refusing to take in 3,000 unaccompanied children.

Liberal Democrats along with Labour, the Greens and backbench Tory MPs have been pressing the Government to take the 3,000 orphaned child refugees who have reached European shores. The summit is being held to start the creation of a practical implementation plan with the help of a number of interested parties. Tim has invited a number of MPs who have joined him in supporting this campaign, and hopes that all of those who are serious about making this happen will attend.

Despite the Prime Minister, David Cameron, repeatedly saying it would, the Government has never seriously looked into what taking in 3,000 refugee children would mean in terms of financing, local government and third sector capacity. The Lib Dems say Tim Farron is stepping up to the plate and answering the call of millions of people across the country who think we should be doing more to help refugees in Europe

At least 10,000 unaccompanied child refugees have disappeared after arriving in Europe according to the EU’s criminal intelligence agency Europol. Many are feared to have fallen into the hands of organised trafficking syndicates.

In his strongest attack yet, on the Prime Minister, Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said: "During every crisis I can think of Britain has opened its doors and hearts to those in need. We are a beacon of hope and that is something millions of people like myself are proud of. It is what makes me proud to be British. This time the Prime Minister has ignored the pleas of charities and frankly he is betraying Britain’s values by doing so.

He clearly isn't willing to lift a finger to help these desperate children, but I refuse to give up. Tomorrow we start the creation of a plan to show the Prime Minister how Britain can take care of 3,000 unaccompanied children."