GUEST COLUMN: ‘Outpouring of local support for refugees is astonishing’ by Ashfield MP Gloria De Piero

MP Gloria De Piero
MP Gloria De Piero

I’ve been inundated with emails from residents about the ongoing refugee crisis. ‎

Some have assumed that because of concern about immigration nobody would want to help refugees – but from what I’ve seen that’s not true.

I believe, like the vast majority of those who have contacted me, that we have a moral duty to help those who are desperately fleeing persecution.

The outpouring of sympathy and support locally is astonishing – out of 89 emails so far, 85 want to see us do more now if we can.

Yes immigration remains too high but there’s a clear distinction here between refugees and migrants. It’s about time David Cameron showed some real leadership.

One man who is determined to do his bit to raise money for the refugee crisis is local singer and songwriter Danny Apple.

Danny has jumped into action and is putting on an event with five great bands at the Blue Bell in Sutton next Sunday (September 20) from 5pm. All proceeds will go to Save the Children and the British Red Cross.

If you’re free why not pop down and help pack the pub out.

Closer to home shocking new figures from the Commons Library have revealed that five million of the poorest families stand to lose an average £750 a year because ministers have slashed tax credits.

The Government should be looking at ways to make work pay rather than taking away from millions of families and children, including hundreds in Ashfield which is why I voted against their proposals this week. 

I regularly read a great website called Patient Opinion which keeps tabs on residents’ satisfaction of local health and social care services and there’s nothing more pleasing than seeing users give Ashfield services rave reviews.

One parent was full of praise for New Woods Children Centre in Skegby – describing the toddler group as “fantastic” and said she “cannot begin to describe the effort that goes into this session every week.”

In her words make sure you go! A big well done to Louise, Anne and the rest of the team.