Refugee crisis springs Bexhill MP into action

Huw Merriman in the Commons SUS-151006-132049001
Huw Merriman in the Commons SUS-151006-132049001

The refugee crisis has mobilised East Sussex and MP for Bexhill and Battle Huw Merriman has called for action from the government.

Huw Merriman been overwhelmed with correspondence from constituents who have been moved by the images of the refugee crisis in Europe and wants the UK government to do more to help.

More than 300 people have signed the ‘refugees welcome in East Sussex’ petition on campaign website 38 Degrees.

Mr Merriman said: “The migration crisis unfolding before our eyes is very distressing to witness.

“I have received correspondence from hundreds of constituents who have been moved to write to me and have urged the government to do more.

“Many people also want to be able to help in more practical ways and some have even offered their homes as safe shelter for those fleeing the civil war in Syria.

“Others have written to me with compassion for the refugees but feel that the UK cannot be responsible for these problems and is limited by size to take more migration.”

Mr Merriman encouraged others to contact him.

“I have found that local people care deeply about the plight of others and I have been impressed by how many give up their time to support those in need,” he said.

“If any local residents are planning collections or fund-raising activities to help the refugees and would like my support then I would be really pleased to hear from them and I will do my best to get involved.”

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