17 July 2019 – today’s press releases

May’s Govt has treated victims of child trafficking appallingly

Following reports that hundreds of child trafficking victims have been refused the right to stay in the UK, Liberal Democrat Home Affairs Spokesperson Ed Davey said:

Theresa May said that modern slavery is the greatest human rights issue of our time, but these revelations show that her government has treated victims appallingly.

The Government has a clear moral obligation to support children who have been trafficked to this country and held in slavery. The Conservatives’ failure shames our whole country.

The Liberal Democrats demand better protections for vulnerable people. Anyone who has been a victim of modern slavery should be given the support they need, not treated like criminals by the hostility in the Home Office.

Lib Dem MEP to lead European Parliament debate on Trump’s concentration camps

Scottish Liberal Democrat MEP Sheila Ritchie will make her debut speech in the European Parliament as she leads a debate on the situation at the USA-Mexican border on Thursday 18th July.

Ms Ritchie’s motion calls for the relevant authorities in the US to guarantee immediately that all detainees have access to basic rights, such as water, food, health and shelter, urges the authorities to immediately find non-custodial alternatives for migrants and refugee children and adults and urges the government of the USA to start reuniting separated families.

Speaking ahead of the debate, Ms Ritchie said:

The United States taught the world that Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness are unalienable rights. These concentration camps fall far short of those lofty ideals. The US Government should end these cruel policies and begin to unite families once more.

Being a part of a strong Europe allows us to speak out and stand up against human rights abuses across the world.

While Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage cosy up to the Trump administration, Liberal Democrats will continue to speak out in defence of human rights around the world.

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  • Roy Pounsford 18th Jul '19 - 9:09am

    Westminster voting intention:

    CON: 25% (+1)
    LAB: 21% (+1)
    LDEM: 20% (+1)
    BREX: 19% (-2)
    GRN: 8% (-1)


    Chgs. w/ 10 Jul

  • Richard Underhill 18th Jul '19 - 10:19am

    Boris Johnson has not seen the recent opinion polls or cannot remember them. The latest (last) Tory event was broadcast on BBC News on 17/7/19 (Channel 200 on SatNav).
    Boris wants to create “broad church” consisting of members of the Brexit Party, UKIP and Liberal Democrats.
    It will be called the ‘Conservative Party’.
    He wants to be Leader and expects others to fall in behind him.
    He has an Isle of Man kipper as a visual aide, wrapped in plastic and delivered by post.
    Assuming his team knows how many MPs the Isle of Man has in the Commons, (0)
    why did he campaign there?
    tax exiles with membership cards?

  • Richard Underhill 18th Jul '19 - 10:29am

    Mark Pack “is there a Boris Johnson – Nigel Farage seat pact to try to sow things up for the Brexiters courtesy of the absurdities of first past the post?”
    No. Boris Johnson was definite about this yesterday at the Excel meeting.
    He repeated his statement with underlining for clarity and with apparent contempt.

  • Richard Underhill 18th Jul '19 - 11:09am

    Boris Johnson admits to having met Nigel Farage but says he does not remember when, perhaps when he was a journalist? Would this be before Boris became PPC for Henley? (following Michael Heseltine, so does he expect/require Lord Heseltine to follow him?)
    Boris said he tried to recruit Nigel Farage into the Conservative Party, unsuccessfully and Nigel Farage tried to recruit him, unsuccessfully.
    Perhaps a journalist will ask Nigel Farage about that meeting.

  • Mick Taylor 18th Jul '19 - 4:36pm

    Richard Underhill. Boris is never definite about anything as he always says what he thinks will be good for him. Often it is different answers on different days. He never reads his briefs and causes havoc wherever he goes. He is an accomplished liar, so one can’t believe a word he says.

  • People have a right to cross borders to further their quality of life. This must be done however in a legal, organised fashion and subject to host country requirements and restraints. Those who are fleeing oppression must be recognised as asylum seekers and treated humanely and fairly. The reasons for these movements must be sought and remedied. Ideally, they should seek asylum in their home country, using the established diplomatic institutions with assurances of safety and protection.

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