We’re extremely disappointed that the Dubs amendment to allow 3,000 vulnerable children into the UK has been defeated. This was a chance for this Government to show real compassion and humanity towards innocent children whose lives have been torn apart by war and terrorism.
We were pleased that Cambridge MP Daniel Zeichner supported the amendment. However, despite speaking at our recent Guildhall event and making public statements of support for refugees and on the issue of unaccompanied minors in particular, South Cambs MP Heidi Allen chose to abstain in the Commons vote. Heidi has written to explain her position on her website here. Even more disappointingly, South East Cambs MP Lucy Frazer voted to reject the amendment.
Following the vote the Immigration bill was again sent back to the Commons by the House of Lords, this time with the specific figure of 3,000 children removed. The Commons will now debate the new amendment which requires ministers to arrange the relocation of children who have made it to Europe into the UK.