Dear friends,

 

I am sure you will have seen some of the coverage of the increasingly desparate refugee crisis growing across Europe.

 

Yvette Cooper, who I am backing to be the next Labour Leader, made a speech earlier in the week lamenting Britain’s current position – Germany has given more sanctuary to Syrians in a month than we have in the last year – and calling for the Government and communities across our country to do more.

 

Yvette has called on the Government to convene an urgent national conference to work with councils and communities to see how many places we can offer to refugees from Syria and the Mediterranean.

 

“If every city took 10 refugee families, if every London borough took 10 families, if every county council took 10 families, if Scotland, Wales and every English region played their part, then in a month we’d have nearly 10,000 more places for vulnerable refugees fleeing danger, seeking safety.”

 

You can read the full text of Yvette’s excellent speech here.

 

In her speech Yvette mentions the leading work of the City of Sanctuary movement which is working with cities such as Birmingham and Sheffield to make them places of welcome and safety for those seeking sanctuary. You can find about more about this work here. is doing on through the City of Sanctuary

 

I would also encourage you to take action and sign two petitions. The first calls on Parliament to debate the issue of the European refugee crisis when it returns next week – sign here. The second urges David Cameron to work with other European Union countries to set and welcome a quota of refugees – sign here.

 

If you would like to help out or get involved in a more practical way then the Independent Newspaper has put together a helpful list of suggestions which you can find here.

 

With all best wishes

 

Liam

 

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