Ukraine refugees
Ukraine refugees

An Open Letter to Lucy Frazer MP

On behalf of the entire South East Cambridgeshire Labour Party, I call on our MP Lucy Frazer to break her silence on the Ukrainian refugee crisis.  We call on her to support the calls, supported by a significant majority of the UK population (YouGov, 26/02/22), for the UK to waive visa requirements for entry to the UK for all Ukrainian refugees. 

We express our solidarity with the people of Ukraine and our strong condemnation of the current military aggression of the Putin regime.  A massive humanitarian crisis is unfolding, as millions of Ukrainians flee Putin’s attacks.  

So far, the Home Secretary Priti Patel has responded with only a limited and ambiguous scheme that only allows entry for immediate family of Ukrainians settled in the UK (spouses/partners/children under 18/people needing care).  In comparison, the EU responded swiftly to the scale of the unfolding tragedy, waiving visa requirements for all Ukrainian refugees.  Furthermore, the Labour Welsh First Minister, Mark Drakeford said Wales will have ambition to become a “nation of sanctuary” for Ukrainian people most in need of help.  Once again providing the leadership the Conservative Government so clearly lacks.

What makes the United Kingdom so great, the reason we are so respected across the globe, is partly due to our respect for the rule of law, and that our word is our bond. We abide by International Law, promising to help Ukraine, not just the country, but its people too.  Providing arms and imposing sanctions is important as this crisis escalates, but if we refuse asylum to people who will suffer the most from this catastrophic war, particularly women and children, we are giving with one hand, and taking with the other.  We risk gaining the reputation of a country that turns its back on its allies and refusing to provide safe and legal routes for people fleeing genuine crises. 

It is clear the support against this Conservative Policy is almost universal.  As the government is pushing full steam ahead to break from the rest of the world, we can only hope this will end up yet another U-Turn in the coming days.  It’s what the people of Ukraine deserve.  We call on Lucy Frazer to speak out in support of complete waiver of visa requirements for entry and to use all her influence in government to change its current policy.

Luke Viner

International Affairs Spokesman, South East Cambs Labour Party

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