Refugee crisis - 'Moray wants to help'
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MORAY MP Angus Robertson has hailed the backing of seven political parties united in a debate in the House of Commons, to call on the UK government to do more to help refugees from the Middle East.
The motion was led by SNP Westminster Leader Mr Robertson, and backed by Labour, Plaid Cymru, the Liberal Democrats, SDLP, the Greens and Ulster Unionists.
Local MP Mr Robertson has been inundated with messages of support for the refugees from people across Moray including a significant number offering rooms in their own homes and others asking how they can donate money and essential items to help.
He said: "This debate saw an almost unprecedented sight of seven different political parties in the House of Commons uniting together, with a clear and simple message- the UK must do more to aid the humanitarian crisis.
"The SNP used its first Opposition Day debate because response from the UK government so far has been woefully inadequate.
"Whilst we welcomed their announcement of 20,000 refugees over the next five years it is simply not enough and only equates to six refugees per constituency, per year.
"I believe and I’m sure many others believe that Moray could support more than six people.
"Despite the Tories voting against the motion, the message from the overwhelming majority of parties in this parliament to the thousands of refugees seeking shelter is one of support and goodwill.
"The Prime Minister needs to wake up to this crisis."