Weir praises support for refugees

Angus MP Mike Weir has welcomed the huge support shown from Angus for action to help those who are fleeing from the wars and chaos in the Middle East.

Mr Weir said: “Despite the fact that we have many problems at home it is heartening that so many people in Angus have been moved by the horrendous crisis unfolding in the Mediterranean and the Middle East. I have received an unprecedented number of approaches on the issue and so many people have stepped forward to offer practical help to tackle the worst refugee crisis since the Second World War.”

The SNP used their opposition day to call a debate in the House of Commons on the issue and, as SNP Chief Whip, Mr Weir was responsible for agreeing a motion that attracted the support of six party leaders to call on the UK government to do more to help refugees from the Middle East. The motion was backed by Labour, Plaid Cymru, the Liberal Democrats, SDLP, the Greens and Ulster Unionists.

Mr Weir said: “We saw an almost unprecedented sight of seven different political parties in the House of Commons uniting together, with a clear and simple message- the UK must do more to aid the humanitarian crisis. We recognise that the UK has contributed a large amount to aid in the refugee camps and whilst we welcomed their announcement of 20,000 refugees over the next five years, it is simply not enough and only equates to six refugees per constituency, per year.

“It is unfortunate that some seek to equate the refugee crisis with economic migration. They are totally different and this is a huge, immediate humanitarian crisis where immediate action is required. Despite the Tories voting against the motion, the message from the overwhelming majority of parties in this parliament to the thousands of refugees seeking shelter is one of support and goodwill.”