MP votes against accepting Syrian children to UK
MP James Heappey has voted in the House of Commons to reject a
plan for Britain to accept 3,000 unaccompanied Syrian child refugees
who had travelled to Europe.
vote took place on Monday night, and saw MPs vote by 294 votes
to 276 to reject the plan.
Deane MP Rebecca Pow, Bridgwater and West Somerset MP Ian Liddell-Grainger
and Burnham's MP James Heappey all voted against the plan. Yeovil
MP Marcus Fysh did not vote.
amendment to the Governments Immigration Bill had been proposed
by Labours Lord Dubs, who himself arrived in Britain as
a child refugee fleeing the Holocaust in the 1930s.
say they will take 3,000 extra vulnerable children, but that they
should be drawn from camps near the conflict zone.
small number of Conservatives rebelled against the Government
to vote with Labour to help the children who had already made
the journey, however.
peer Lord Dubs will make a new attempt to force the Government's
hand when the Bill returns to the Lords, proposing a revised amendment
that removes the reference to 3,000 refugees.