Government staves off Dubs challenge – with just three Tories voting to protect child refugees

So much for a Conservative rebellion


MPs have voted to go ahead with scrapping the Dubs scheme for child refugees, by 287 votes to 267.

Heidi Allen’s amendment would have required councils to identify their capacity to house child refugees. But despite earlier claims that up to 30 Tories would rebel and support the amendment, just three eventually walked through the No lobby — Nicky Morgan, Tania Mathias and Allen herself.

The government announced the closure of the Dubs route for child refugees in February, after just 350 children have been relocated under its terms rather than the thousands expected.

Despite a storm of criticism from across the political spectrum, the government has refused to budge on the issue, insisting in a written statement that ‘the UK should be proud of its overall contribution.’

Campaigners from across the political spectrum have slammed the decision.

Following this afternoon’s vote, opposition MPs have expressed deep disappointment, and criticised Tory MPs for refusing to step up.

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3 Responses to “Government staves off Dubs challenge – with just three Tories voting to protect child refugees”

  1. Martyn Wood-Bevan

    That is the problem with our system of Elective Dictatorship. The Election outcome is heavily influenced by a biased right-wing MSM, which gives us an uncaring quasi-barbaric Gov’t which has 5 years to sham the majority of UK citizens by getting elected with 23% of the population. And we voted for Brexit to take back control – utter rubbish! We are fast becoming Europe’s worst country…

  2. Jimmy Glesga

    The UN FAILED and should have set up temporary accommodation for refugees then collectively destroyed IS and moved the people back,. Unfortunately IS infiltrated the refugees and that is good reason not to let in refugees.

  3. Martyn Wood-Bevan

    We could have avoided the Iraq war and also trying to get rid of Assad because he refused to allow a pipeline to run through Syria, thereby causing a US centred witch-hunt. Most refugees are caused by Western interference and Western propaganda, sadly. There will always be more of them that die than any of us.

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