Stephen Doughty Labour MP for Cardiff South and Penarth asks Home Office Minister James Brokenshire the UK

Stephen Doughty Labour MP for Cardiff South and Penarth asks Home Office Minister James Brokenshire the UK

In the House of Commons, Stephen Doughty (Labour MP for Cardiff South and Penarth)  has said that the UK should take in – for their protection – children fleeing from Syria, from conflicts across the Horn of Africa and “elsewhere”.

Doughty was questioning Home Office Minister James Brokenshire –  Home Office, Security and Immigration, in a  session on “Unaccompanied Refugee Children: Relocation and Support” as part of the Immigration Bill.

Home Office Minister James Brokenshire

Home Office Minister James Brokenshire

Brokenshire had said ” The Government wholeheartedly share the intentions of the noble Lords to protect and support vulnerable unaccompanied refugee children, but the challenge is how we most effectively harness our strong sense of compassion and moral duty. …This is about how we use both head and heart.

The Minister had continued  “Our starting principle is that we must put the best interests of children first, and avoid any policy that places children at additional risk or encourages them to place their lives in the hands of people traffickers and criminal gangs. In any response, we need to be careful not inadvertently to create a situation in which families see an advantage in sending children ahead, alone and in the hands of traffickers, putting their lives at risk by making them attempt treacherous sea crossings to Europe. As the horrendous events in the Mediterranean last week demonstrated, that would be the worst of all outcomes.”

Stephen Doughty Labour MP for Cardiff South and Penarth

Stephen Doughty Labour MP for Cardiff South and Penarth

Doughty stood up to ask   “The Minister specifically mentions the horrific events in the Mediterranean last week. I have heard from a number of constituents who, through their family connections, knew of people fleeing. He mentioned Syria, but people are fleeing not just Syria but conflicts all across the horn of Africa and elsewhere.I have heard some absolutely harrowing stories from those who have survived those terrible crossings—people trying to travel from Alexandria being abused by people traffickers. Does he not agree that, when children survive such horrific tragedies, we need to do our bit in taking some of them here for protection in this country?”

Replying, the Home Office Minister James Brokenshire said “Clear judgments have to be made on how the UK most effectively provides support. I will come on to how we can help in Europe and to look at those issues that he highlights, which include: the trafficking gangs that exploit people across Africa and the broader regions; how we are playing our role in the Khartoum process to work with African Union countries to take action; and finding that common sense of engaging and working against the people trafficking and smuggling networks.”

Home Office Minister James Brokenshire spelled out what the UK  was already doing to help refugee children

Home Office Minister James Brokenshire spelled out what the UK was already doing to help refugee children

Later Brokenshire said ”  We launched the Syrian vulnerable person resettlement scheme to resettle 20,000 people over the course of this Parliament. Well over 1,000 people have been resettled to date, around half of whom are children. That means that, in the next four years, several thousand more children will be resettled in the UK under the Syrian scheme, but as I said in my statement of 28 January, we want to do more, especially for children most in need of support. That is why, last week, I announced a new resettlement scheme for children at risk. That initiative will be the largest resettlement effort to focus on children at risk from the middle east and north Africa region—children who might otherwise attempt their own perilous journeys to Europe and the UK.”


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  1. Parcel says:

    Well he would say that, wouldn’t he.
    As long as its not nr im…….

  2. Andrew sarchus says:

    Doughty says “I have heard from a number of constituents who, through their family connections, knew of people fleeing”. Really! Any chance you made this up Mr Doughty ?

  3. dimdydd7 says:

    Presumably these children will be placed in the UK’s care system, where of course they will be afforded the utmost respect and given unconditional love just like all the other kids in the system.

    Of course there’s no chance whatsoever that these kids will be exploited, abused or pimped out……is there?

  4. Frank Evans says:

    This is the mp for penarth? Sometimes he thinks he is mp for ethnic Splott and Butetown and forgets about folk born in this country. Labour do as I say not as I do.

  5. Margaret says:

    Well done Stephen Doughty for speaking up for innocent refugee children. These children have no one to care for them and no home. Just imagine if it was your child or grandchild- you would hope someone would help them.

  6. Christopher David says:

    Yes well done Doughty- save the world (yeah a regular statesman) and sod the potholes and litter in Penarth. And all this for a mere £445,332 PA.

  7. Margaret says:

    It doesn’t have to be one or the other. We can help vulnerable children and mend potholes.

  8. Christopher David says:

    Agree- but leave the international stuff for those with the experience and clout. Mr Doughty is a lightweight backbencher that should concentrate on his constituency. Not spend his time trying to climb a pole far too greasy for him. Just let him do one job properly eh! Your talking about a chap that as shadow spokesman for business didn’t know what a company is. Potholes and litter.

  9. Margaret says:

    Mr Doughty has experience of international affairs. Before becoming an MP he worked as head of Oxfam Wales. As an MP he has no power to ensure potholes are filled and litter collected as that is the role of the local authority.

  10. Christopher David says:

    Oxfam- they pay huge boardroom salaries and pension / expenses. Doughty I believe cost the donators over £60,000 a year. That’s NOT charity. Oxfam do this on the back of subsidised business rates and exploiting free labour in their retail outlets. They, because of their huge marketing budgets take money off the real and small charities who cannot compete. Being a local cash gatherer for a large org like Oxfam hardly makes him an expert on world affairs. But you have it Margaret. Summed it up. He hasn’t even got the power to fix a pot hole. Like most MP’s he’s a waste of space. He does little for his constituency but costs its inhabitants over £430,000 PA to peddle his own agenda. Enhance his career, play his organ of self elevating hymns. We have 650 of these individual plus another 850 unelected Lords who collectively…..can’t fix a pothole- or clean the streets. Give the chap a brush and get him doing something useful. Yes Margaret thanks- you’ve got it. But the rest of us must one day wake up. They’re taking you for a billion pound ride.

  11. Margaret says:

    Christopher – I presume you are standing for election today as you could obviously do much better than our MPs, AMs, councillors , council officers.

  12. Christopher David says:

    Margret thank you the endorsement but despite my faults and mistakes in life I’m too honest for politics. Nor do I have the unbounded intellect of someone like yourself who can’t see the humorous irony in her statement 🙂 You crack on M- the path of systemic dogma and mediocrity is long but reassuring. There has to be blind “consumers” for modern economics and politics to work. They think it- you do it. Just trying to help, but alas I’m not up to it. Good luck.

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