3/4 of Redbridge MPs say yes to 3000 Syrian child refugees

A child refugee in the makeshift settlement

A child refugee in the makeshift settlement - Credit: PA WIRE

Three out of the four MPs in the borough voted to help 3000 unaccompanied child refugees stranded in mainland Europe.

Leyton and Wanstead MP John Cryer, Ilford South MP Mike Gapes and Ilford North MP Wes Streeting all voted yes to accepting the children, who are without a guardian into the country.

Iain Duncan Smith MP for Chingford and Woodford Green voted no and contributed to the winning result of 294 votes to 276 to reject a plan to help the children.

Labour’s Lord Dubs, who himself arrived in Britain as a child refugee fleeing the Holocaust in the 1930s, suggested an amendment to the Immigration Bill, which would allow Britain to take in the children,

MP for Ilford North, Wes Streeting said:“I voted in favour of the Dubs amendment to accept 3000 child refugees because I believe we have a duty to help children who are in desperate situations fleeing the brutal conflict in Syria.

“Lord Dubs proposed the amendment as he was a child refugee himself, fleeing Nazi Germany and coming to the UK on the Kindertransport – We accepted children then, and we should do so now.

Mr Streeting said the vote was incredibly frustrating and disappointing and added: “History will not look kindly on parliament for failing to step up and help.”