Category: International Affairs

It is simply incorrect to say Britain is failing to assist Syrian refugees

The migration crisis in Europe is a humanitarian disaster, caused by the civil wars in nations like Syria and Libya which have directly contributed to millions of people becoming displaced and seeking safe haven in other countries. This is the largest movement of refugees in Europe since the Second World War. The migration crisis has […]

This Christmas our thoughts are with Syria

At Christmas, as we gather around the crib for the nativity service we are asked, like the shepherds and wise men over 2,000 years ago, to follow the bright star to Bethlehem. Yet, throughout 2015, the eyes of the world appear to have been fixed just over 100 miles further east, to Syria and the […]

We've finally found a solution to Operation Stack; a breakthrough in Syria comes next

George Osborne used his statement in the House of Commons last week, setting out the government’s spending review, to announce that he had allocated £250million towards preventing the chaos caused by Operation Stack. This is great news for Kent, and I am pleased that the Chancellor listened to our campaign for government funding to build […]

How we should respond to the attacks in Paris

We have all been shocked by the terror attacks carried out in Paris last Friday, and we stand together with the families of the victims, and the people of France, in our horror at these atrocities. The terrible deaths of innocent people, caused by terrorists acting in the name of Islamic State, followed their recent […]

My speech in Parliament on the refugee crisis and situation in Syria

Britain has a proud tradition in providing a home for genuine asylum seekers and refugees, and delivering international aid around the world. According to the Red Cross, last year 126,000 refugees were living in the UK and more than 30,000 people entered the asylum system, seeking asylum in this country. According to figures from the […]

My take on the UK's plan to take in 20,000 refugees from Syria

The House of Commons returned this week after the summer recess and business has been dominated by the consequences of the migration and refugee crisis in Europe; an issue we have also been working on over the last few months. I was in the chamber on Monday to listen to the Prime Minister setting out the package of […]

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