Lib Dems propose 150 per cent increase in refugees sent to Britain

Stephen Hillier, Cabinet Member for Children ' Start of Life
Stephen Hillier, Cabinet Member for Children ' Start of Life

Liberal Democrats are calling on the government to take in 30,000 more refugees than already planned over the next five years.

At a conference last week the party proposed to “significantly increase” the number of people due to resettle in the UK.

Councillor Sam Crooks has backed his party’s proposal, which is contrary to the government’s plans to welcome up to 20,000 refugees by 2020.

He said: “I am delighted that the Liberal Democrat conference voted to increase our refugee intake to 10,000 a year.

“In this country we have long a history of helping people in this situation and we have always benefited.

“If you look at Germany accepting 800,000 refugees - it makes us pale by comparison.

“However, my party is certainly not speaking for everyone.

“There are some people who have concerns about housing and education, but I think the public mood has changed.”

Last week councillors gave the green light to taking in 20 Syrians after Lib Dems called for Milton Keynes to accept its fair share of families.

These refugees are to be made welcome and housed in Milton Keynes “as quickly as possible” after 52 councillors voted in support of the motion.

Mr Crooks added: “Just look at how many people are coming forward to help.

“I think this is a clear example of the public being ahead of the government.”