Chelmsford should help people fleeing for their lives

Families fleeing for their livesFor hundreds of years, Britain has helped people fleeing from war and disaster. Three year old Aylan drowned when fleeing Syria, where they were under attack by Isis. His five year old brother and their Mum died too.

We the undersigned call on Chelmsford council to step up and take its fair share of refugees.

We have over 70,000 families living in Chelmsford today. If we took in just 50 more we would be doing our bit to save lives. If Turkey can take in 1.9 million and Germany 800,000, Britain can manage to take more than the 4,000 this year proposed by David Cameron.

When people leave their country and climb on boats that could (and in many cases has) taken them to their death, we know that things must be dreadful in their own country.

This crisis shows the need for the EU to do MORE not less. The Liberal Democrats support the idea of a co-ordinated approach across EU Member States, which has been rejected to date by the Conservatives in the UK Government.

Cllr. Stephen Robinson

Lib Dem Leader, Chelmsford City Council

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