Bradley Hillier – Smith, LD4SOS Council member, who was part of the all party Pro-Refugee Alliance Campaign which worked to defeat 25 anti Dubs MPs, and was successful doing just that in 13 seats, writes : So proud of our campaign this election which has succeeded in playing a small role in ensuring a more pro-refugee voice in parliament, such that a proposal to take in more refugee children would now be confident of passing and would not be defeated! Refugees are welcome here and we have worked hard to make that a reality.
The full statement is here :
We are very proud of our campaign this election. We travelled up and down the UK talking to hundreds (if not thousands) of voters, spreading awareness of pro-refugee tactical voting online, seeking to overturn the majorities of the MPs who voted against the dubs amendment, to secure pledges from candidates to reopen the scheme to transfer unaccompanied refugee children to the UK and to work with political parties to get manifesto commitments to take in more refugees. Of our top 25 targets, 13 anti-dubs MPs have been ousted. We are also proud to have worked with the Liberal Democrats to secure a manifesto commitment to take in 50 000 Syrian refugees and 3000 unaccompanied children. Now there are 12 Lib Dem MPs committed to that pledge in parliament. The original dubs vote was lost by 18 votes. With the Conservative majority diminished by 12 and with the aforementioned 12 committed Lib Dems and a Labour increase of 29 seats, a similar proposal to take in unaccompanied refugee children would be confident of being passed into law today. We are unbelievably proud to have played a small part in that glimmer of hope. We will continue to fight for a UK where refugees are welcome.