Roberta Blackman-Woods, MP for the City of Durham, has called on Durham County Council to act on the growing refugee crisis and offer asylum to a number of Syrian refugees.
The MP has written to Durham County Council asking for a commitment to take a number of families seeking asylum from the violent conflict taking place in Syria. The UN estimates that up to 4 million people have now been displaced from their homes due to this conflict, with more than half of these under the age of 18.
Roberta Blackman-Woods said: “Like many people in Durham, I have been deeply moved by the growing refugee crisis that has been dominating the news headlines. It is important that our region does what it can to help those fleeing violent conflict, and so I have written to Durham County Council to request that they offer asylum to a number of Syrian families.
I will work hard to make sure that any initiative taken by Durham County Council in this regard is backed by Government assistance, and will continue to work closely with the local authority to make sure we are doing all we can to help.”