St Helens South and Whiston MP, Marie Rimmer is calling upon the Prime Minister to take immediate action to help tackle the growing Humanitarian Crisis involving Syrian refugees.
Following the announcement by Council Leader, Barrie Grunewald, that St Helens Council are ready and willing to help, Marie wrote to the Prime Minister calling on him to act.
In her letter to the Prime Minister, Marie Rimmer MP said: “Mothers are risking everything by huddling their children into the back of trucks or the holds of boats because they truly believe that it is a safer option than remaining where they are.
Countries such as Turkey and Lebanon have taken more than 1 million refugees apiece and our EU neighbours Germany and Sweden have taken in thousands of refugees in recent months. Under the current scheme, Britain has taken in less than 250 refugees. On this issue we can and must do more to share this responsibility with other countries… I urge you to work with other EU and World leaders to take immediate action to tackle this growing crisis.”
More than 350,000 residents have now signed an e-petition calling on the government to act making it the most signed government e-petition in the UK to date.
Marie Rimmer MP added: “The recent images of children who have drowned attempting to flee these atrocities are heart-breaking. In the last 24 hours alone I’ve received dozens of emails from residents who want to see the government doing more.
“As well as helping with practical support, I’ve written to the Prime Minister and I’ve also signed a motion in Parliament that calls for the Government to take urgent action to help more refugees.”
Marie is supporting the CWUHA and CalAid by collecting essentials needed by refugees. Donations of the following items in new/good condition can be sent via Marie’s constituency office – please call 01744 752075 to arrange to drop them off:
Good condition: trainers/hiking shoes (size 7-12), tents, sleeping bags, blankets, rucksacks, tracksuit trousers/jeans (size 28-32), wooly hats, belts, candles, torches, pots and pans.
New only: toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, shampoo, male/young adult underwear and socks.
At the moment there is no collection of women/children’s clothing or toys.