Labour appeal to help in plight of refugees

NKDC offices, Sleaford.

NKDC offices, Sleaford.

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An urgent response to the plight of Syrian refugees is being urged by a local Labour member in a letter to North Kesteven District Council.

In an open letter to council leader Marion Brighton, Sleaford and North Hykeham Labour Party chairman Michael Hudson says the authority should ‘show it is a humanitarian council’.

“Ordinary citizens are appalled at the suffering of those forced to flee their own war-torn land,” writes Mr Hudson.

“The response of many residents is that we must do something.

“This is the opportunity for North Kesteven to show it truly is a humanitarian council.

“A number of local authorities have already come forward with offers to house refugees from the Syrian conflict – Sleaford and North Hykeham Labour Party calls on this council to add its name to the list.

“Taking positive action to house refugees is the morally right thing to do.”

A spokesman for NKDC said they had already ‘committed to positively playing our part’, although ‘no commitments were being made on specific figures’.

Chief executive Ian Fytche explained: “We are working on plans locally to ensure we are ready to respond positively.

“NKDC’s senior officers have engaged with colleagues of councils, the health sector, police and other partners to ensure we have plans in place and are ready to do our bit to help those in need of refuge or asylum.”

He added: “It is impossible to say at this stage what the level of required support or accommodation will be, but we will certainly fulfil all expectations placed on us by Government as part of our positive commitment to play our part in helping those in need.”