I’m not normally a political person but the unfolding Syrian Refugee crisis has really affected me. Men, women and (worst of all) innocent children are dying whilst trying to cross into Europe to escape the conflict in their own country.
Britain has a proud history of helping those in need and I feel ashamed that we are not taking a more proactive role in taking in more of these poor people. Germany have said that they will be accepting more refugees from Syria. This is a lead we should have taken but since we haven’t we should at least follow.
In my opinion our Prime Minister, David Cameron, has brought shame on our country by denying that taking in more refugees would help:
“I don’t think there is an answer that can be achieved simply by taking more and more refugees.”
I’ve just written the following email to my local MP, Chris Skidmore, requesting that he stand up for Britain taking an official stance of accepting more Syrian refugees:
Dear Mr Skidmore
My name is Simon Aldrich, I am one of your constituents living in Kingswood with my wife and one year old son.
I would not describe myself as a political man. I have never before written to my Member of Parliament but I feel compelled to do so now regarding Britain’s position on the humanitarian crisis which is currently unfolding in Europe and at its borders. I won’t go into further details as I’m sure that you are fully aware of the appalling situation. As a father yourself I’m sure that you could not help but be affected by the harrowing images that have appeared in the media over the last few days and weeks.
I’m fully aware that Britain has already responded to the situation in Syria with aid and civilian expertise but I contend that this is no longer enough. It is my strongly held belief that Britain urgently needs to follow the lead set by Germany and have an official policy of taking in more refugees from Syria.
As your constituent I ask and hope that you will make the people of Kingswood proud by using your influence in parliament and in the media to demand that Britain does the right thing.
I look forward to hearing from you and will be following your actions with interest
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I will update this if & when I receive a response from Mr Skidmore