Leader of Islington Council, Cllr Richard Watts, has today called on residents to join him in calling on the Government to deliver real action on the refugee crisis.
Cllr Watts said:
Islington, London, and Britain as a country, has always understood that people facing persecution or fleeing conflict have a home here. Sadly, the Government has forgotten this.
That’s why Islington must come together to put pressure on the Government to offer help and a home to refugees.
Islington Council has been working with London Citizens since November 2014 to agree how our borough can play its part in helping refugees fleeing the war in Syria. But our plans to help people have been blocked by the Government who need to agree to take more refugees and provide proper financial support for communities willing to receive people.
No one could fail to be moved by the images we have seen in the last few days. My sons are about the same age as Aylan and Galip Kurdi, whose deaths have so shocked the world. I held my sons extra closely last night. But tweeting our shock, outrage, and disbelief, is not enough. We have to demand real action is taken and that starts with the Government.