Campaigns. It is important that I continue to know the strength of feeling on an issue and I prefer to respond to every inquiry, but the sheer size of campaign correspondence means that it is hard to justify to the tax payer the cost and time taken for individual written replies, so regrettably I will no longer reply to every item of campaign correspondence.  I will  post a response to the campaign on the "Responses to campaigns" page of my website.

I am sorry to do this, as it is rather impersonal, but can see no other way of maintaining a good service for all my constituents unless I approach campaigns this way.

15 OCT 2019

Refugee Funding

Thank you very much for writing to me about refugee funding.

Asylum is under attack in the UK. Refugees are human beings fleeing from war zones and persecution, and we have a legal and moral obligation to offer them sanctuary. I am proud of the UK's historic commitments to assisting those seeking refuge from war, persecution and degradation, and believe that we should continue to uphold our responsibilities.

Liberal Democrats want a positive immigration policy, including an immediate end to the 'hostile environment' policy, taking immigration policy away from the Home Office, operating a policy of detention as a last resort, allowing refugees to work and contribute to society and assuring appropriate support is provided.

I am doing everything I can to prevent a no deal Brexit and the threat it poses to so many things, not least of which refugees, in this country. And, should that fail, I will fight hard to make sure the Government honours its assurances regarding refugee funding.

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