Lib Dems stand in solidarity with Ukraine and call for UK to do more for refugees

The Russian Consulate in Edinburgh, like many places around the UK,  has seen peaceful demonstrations every day since the Russians invaded Ukraine.

Today was the biggest so far, with Scottish Lib Dem leader Alex Cole-Hamilton and Christine Jardine MP.

Yesterday, Deputy Leader Daisy Cooper attended a similar event in St Albans

In Oxford, a colleague read a statement from Layla Moran:

The party is pushing the Government to do more for refugees. Many readers will be appalled by Immigration Minister Kevin Foster’s now deleted tweet in which he suggested that those fleeing for their lives might like to come and pick fruit here.

Lib Dem Peer Paul Scriven slammed Foster’s comments.

Our editor described the practicalities of the situation:

Lib Dem Home Affairs spokesperson Alistair Carmichael described Foster’s comments as “completely wrong” and said that the UK should put in place a “simple, fast” scheme to resettle refugees here.

Ukrainians are queuing for miles to escape Putin’s war machine. For the Home Office to tell them to apply for visas as if they are looking for work or going on a gap year is completely wrong.

We should stand with all Ukrainians, not only those prepared to pick kale and cabbage.

The UK must help lead a coordinated humanitarian response, including a simple, fast scheme to resettle Ukrainian refugees in the UK.

Our country has a proud history of providing sanctuary to those fleeing war and persecution. We must not turn our backs on Ukrainians in their hour of need.

If ever there was a time to get people here and sort out the paperwork later, this is it.

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  • It’s very simple. Admit Ukrainian refugees unconditionally. It’s a question of humanity and justice.

  • Lib Dem’s are absolutely right to call to take more Ukrainian refugees.

    It also seems to me that Labour aren’t putting pressure on the government to do this.

    So we need to highlight Labours silence on the issue as well.

  • An embargo on all agricultural and mineral exports from Russia/Belarus will really hurt them (yes, us as well but our economy’s are more resilient ).
    Lets not forget that Transnistria, Abkhazia and South Ossetia are illegal states run by essentially mafia gangs propped up by Putin. and should be included in all sanctions.
    Cancel all sporting/cultural links. All sporting federations need to ban all Russian athletes/clubs.
    Also embargo all goods transiting Russia/Belarus from any country .Raw and finished goods. Include all oil products ,but not gas.
    Question what reason has India giving for there lack of support?

  • Also, UK should accept ethnic minority refugees who may have been treated badly and or denied asylum in Ukraine’s neighbouring countries.

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