Plaid Cymru’s Refugee Rhetoric Undermined by Record

With Plaid Cymru spending the last few weeks reminding everyone of their pro-migration bona fides – claiming Wales should become a ‘Nation of Sanctuary’ and slamming the government’s visa policy – Guido thought it was worth checking their own record on asylum seekers to make sure they put their money where their mouth is. Given they’re supposedlycommit[ed] to easing the experience of migrants and people seeking asylum“, surely the Plaid-controlled local authorities would be the blueprint for everyone else to follow. Not so much…

According to official asylum and resettlement data, Plaid-led local authorities supported a grand total of 5 asylum seekers between 31st March 2017 and 31st December 2021. Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Anglesey and Gwynedd are either Plaid controlled or have a Plaid leader (Gwynedd), and yet only Ceredigion and Gwynedd supported 2 and 3 asylum seekers respectively in the last five years. The other authorities don’t even appear on the database. Presumably because pressing ‘0’ for five years’ worth of data is a waste of time… 

An average of one a year. Still, if they want to bump those numbers up, here’s a good place to start…

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Furious Tory MP Demands Home Office Minister Tells Department to “Get a Grip” Over Refugees

A powerful performance in the Commons this afternoon from Tory MP Alec Shelbrooke, who told Home Office minister Kevin Foster to go back to the department and tell them to “get a grip”. This isn’t a partisan issue, plenty of traditional Tory voters will be in complete alignment with Shelbrooke…

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Yvette’s Refugee Pledge Unfulfilled One Year On

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It’s been a year since Yvette Cooper, then a contender in the Labour leadership election, nobly pledged to open her home to Syrian refugees. At the time she told Sky News:

“If that’s what it took and that’s what was needed, then of course.”

A year on, with the refugee crisis as grave as ever, Yvette still hasn’t put up any children in need. Those fleeing Syria’s war will surely be placated with the news that she has written another article for the Guardian about how the west must help child refugees:

“The moral case for action is stronger than ever. The disturbing image last month of five-year-old Omran Daqneesh, dazed, dusty and bloodied on a plastic ambulance seat, was a searing reminder of what people are fleeing. All countries have a responsibility not just to help those fleeing persecution but to protect children from suffering.”

There are even charities near both her constituency home and her London one precisely to help people who want to house refugees. Ed’s out of the house most of the time at the moment so there’s plenty of room…

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