Peers have voted forLord Alf Dub’s cross-party amendment to the EU (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill 2019-20 to protect child refugee family reunion.Please sign Jacob Rety’s petition and ask Felicity Buchan M.P. to vote to uphold these protections for separated child refugees tomorrow. http://chng.it/2fkwgGFr95
The bill will be coming up in the House of Commons tomorrow. The Government insists their position has not changed. But by taking the step of removing legal protections to ensure that family reunion to the same standard as under current EU law continues, the Government risks sending a dangerous signal that could panic child refugees and their families. We know that when safe and legal routes are not accessible, then children are more likely to make dangerous journeys and be pushed into the hands of people smugglers. There are currently thousands of refugee children – some as young as 8 – surviving in camps, shelters and on the streets of Europe. Many of these children are unaccompanied and with the absence of any legal route to safety, face the very real risk of trafficking, sexual exploitation and forced labour.
The Government has also suggested it is making this move to increase flexibility in the Brexit negotiations – but the principle of safe routes for child refugees with family in the UK should be non-negotiable. Without this legal protection, there is no guarantee that child refugees will be able to reunite siblings, uncles, aunts, grandparents rather than just parents.
We hope Felicity Buchan MP will take a robust moral stand in support of Family Reunion Scheme like her predecessor Emma Dent Coad for defenceless child refugees in the Brexit legislation. The government must act in utmost good faith when it comes to the welfare of these acutely vulnerable children and not ignore the gravity of the subject by revoking family reunification during Brexit negotiations.
It dishearteningly appears that a degree of “refugee fatigue” has set in against the backdrop of the Brexit debacle. We strongly believe that assisting these young, vulnerable lives, by uniting them with their families and protecting them from unspeakable dangers, where 90% of the children who are here have come to the UK through dangerous routes, rather than safely and legally as in family reunion. Helping these young lives is an effective way to make our humanity count and help build a better society.
We are hosting a special fundraising screening of Ken Loach’s compelling film ‘Sorry We Missed You’ about life in the gig economy and the impact this economic development has on family life. Another brilliant film about contemporary Britain from the director that brought us ‘I, Daniel Blake’
This special screening will be followed by Q&A with Rebecca O’Brien – Producer of ‘Sorry We Missed You’. Rebecca will discuss Ken Loach’s films and his unique approach to film-making.
The screening will be this Friday 17 January 2020 at 18:30 at The Playground Theatre, Cafe and Bar, Latimer Road.
Tickets can be purchased here with all funds raised going to Kensington Labour Party. We really hope you will be able to join us!
Firstly I want to thank the hundreds of local and thousands of London-wide (and further afield!) supporters who helped with our General Election campaign. Without your unrelenting support, out in cold, dark, wind and rain, often travelling a long way to join us, there is no way we would have got within a mere 150 votes of regaining Kensington.
Let’s never forget – Kensington is still a marginal constituency. You did that.
As many of you know, it was a particular struggle for me as I was diagnosed with breast cancer just as the short campaign began, and was operated on three days before polling day. It is a testament to my closest colleagues who knew about my illness, and the extraordinary work they did to fill in when I was unable to campaign, that it made little or no difference to the result! It is frankly impossible to thank them enough.
After our Christmas and New Year break, we are back to work refreshed, and not so much disheartened as energised by the huge task ahead of us. The GLA/Mayoral elections are almost upon us and we must return Sadiq Khan with a resounding majority.
While we are planning that campaign, there is much work to be done in our temporary Campaign Office, which we hope to hang onto until the end of January. Please contact us if you are equipped for the dull tecchie jobs of entering Contact Creator or the Marked Register. The data we have gleaned over this campaign is invaluable.
Please give whatever you can, as a one-off or monthly direct debit, to Kensington Labour Campaign Fund: account no 36003962, sort code 23-05-80. You will be reminded regularly!
Thank you all again for helping with our extraordinary campaign in extraordinary times.