“Not good enough yet”: MP’s call for more refugee action.

Harrogate and Knaresborough MP Andrew Jones has backed other MPs calling on the Government to significantly improve the process for enabling Ukrainian refugees to come to the UK.

In a statement Mr Jones said: “I do not think our response to the growing refugee crisis is good enough yet.

“The UK  has done well in terms of supplying military and political support to Ukraine and I know this is appreciated.  The UK also stiffened the resolve of countries around the world in applying sanctions against both individuals and companies at scale and pace.  We have changed legislation here, bringing in new laws to speed sanctions and expose who owns what.  The largest set of sanctions we have ever made is now in place. There has been significant support given to neighbouring countries to cope with the immediate influx of refugees.

“In the early stages of the crisis that was the priority as that was where the most pressing issue was.  That situation is changing rapidly and our policy response needs to change rapidly too.

“So far that has not happened in a way that is as active and urgent as it should have been.  The Home Secretary has told MPs that the response is being radically stepped up but, while I acknowledge that it is improving, it is way off the required pace.

“Change and improvement this week is therefore critical.  The government understands that and I look forward to seeing the promised schemes on family visas and community support for refugees without UK connections ramped up significantly.”