Labour Councillor James Walsh (Stoke) has recently lead the call for action in Guildford for the Executive to work with partners to help support and house refugees from Afghanistan, and his plea for compassion appeared this weekend in the Guildford Dragon
James reminded the leader that Guildford has strong links with the military and that the way Afghan allies have been treated as a result of government incompetence and intransigence has been appalling – and that we in the UK have a moral duty to help them and their families in any way we can.
He tells us “the leader responded positively to my email this morning and said that the council will offer to help refugees. This also appears to have cross-party support, which is really pleasing on such an important issue.
The Labour Group welcomes and supports the measures detailed by the Lead Member but has serious concerns about the government’s ability and willingness to fund and support local authorities that take on this important work.
We must now all work together to make sure that the refugees are housed safely, near to each other and are able to access all of the support and services they will need.
The government has dragged its heels on this – there’s no reason Guildford Borough Council should do the same, especially as we all appear to be in agreement”
Please lobby your local councillors and your MP and join James and Guildford Labour in demanding support for refugees in Guildford and throughout Surrey and the UK