The 'Syrian refugees' friends David Cameron and Gideon Osborne wont have any of 'them' in their constituencies
Greater Manchester UKIP councillor urges David Cameron to make HIS council take fair share of refugees
Little Lever and Darcy Lever councillor Sean Hornby has demanded Mr Cameron allow migrants fleeing persecution to be put up in his Witney constituency
Little Lever and Darcy Lever councillor Sean Hornby, leader of the borough’s UKIP group, has demanded Mr Cameron allow migrants fleeing persecution to be put up in Witney.
According to Home Office figures, Witney has no refugees - nor does Chancellor George Osborne’s Tatton constituency or Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s Islington North patch.
Coun Hornby, who represents Little Lever and Darcy Lever, argues all councils should help ease Europe’s refugee crisis, with thousands fleeing worn-torn countries, including Syria, heading for Europe.
As the M.E.N. revealed earlier this month, there are now more asylum seekers in Rochdale and Bolton than in all of the south east. Leaked figures show there are around 1,050 in Bolton - and 1,070 in Rochdale.
Greater Manchester leaders have insisted they will continue to do their bit, but insist all authorities must pitch in.
In a letter to Mr Cameron, Coun Hornby said: “Anyone in their right mind cannot fail to have some compassion for what is going on and Bolton, over the last few years, has taken the second highest intake of asylum seekers in the whole of the north west of England.
“I am writing to urge you to insist that all councils across the country should take on these poor victims in these terrible situations.”
The policy of national dispersals was introduced under the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999. But many have argued some town halls are doing more than others.
Coun Hornby added: “Only 93 local authorities agreed with the Blair/Brown government to participate in the dispersals - that is about one in five.
“The aim of the policy was to introduce an equitable distribution across the country. Clearly this has not happened.”
Coun Hornby suggested Mr Cameron could introduce emergency legislation making all local authorities do their bit, rather than leave it to a fifth of town halls to ‘take the strain’.
As of mid-August, there were more than 100 people living in hotels across Greater Manchester while they waited for their refugee applications to be processed - a situation branded a ‘farce’ by Rochdale MP Simon Danczuk.
At the end of June, there were 5,216 asylum seekers in Greater Manchester - compared to 4,156 a year before.
Rochdale MP Mr Danczuk said the system was a ‘shambles’ and town halls such as Rochdale and Bolton were shouldered with a ‘wildly disproportionate’ number of asylum seekers.
The Home Office insists it ‘works closely’ with council chiefs to ‘ensure the impact of asylum dispersals are considered’.
Tories refuse to take part in 'party political' debate on refugee crisisAn emergency motion on the Syrian refugee crisis sparked a row at Bury town hall - as opposition Tory councillors refused to debate the issue.
Council leader Mike Connolly called on the government to take action to help ‘desperate’ migrants fleeing persecution in the war-torn country - reaffirming his commitment to Bury playing its part.
Coun Connolly, speaking at the authority’s latest full council meeting, said, like other Greater Manchester leaders, the region is prepared take a greater number of refugees if adequate resources are provided to support town halls.
But opposition Conservative councillors refused to take part in the debate over the ‘party political’ motion and chose to abstain when a named vote was taken.
They complained they had not been given notice of the ‘emergency’ motion and had not had time to prepare a response.
Members argued it contravened the council’s constitution as the late motion followed a joint one from all three parties.
Conservative leader Iain Gartside said: “This is a party political motion and we have been treated in the shabbiest way possible. We will not be taking part in the debate.”
Mayor Stella Smith allowed the motion to go ahead, insisting the European refugee crisis was a ‘real emergency’.
Coun Connolly said: “It saddens me that the Conservative group have taken the view that they have. If they are so hung up on procedure and don’t care about Syrian refugees that is a real shame.”
NWN: Neither Cameron, Osborne or Corbyn have, or will have to, take in any 'Syrian refugees'. I thought we were all in this together ?