Britain must take Europe’s child refugees, Tory MP tells David Cameron –

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“Talk to the doctors there, they are literally stitching up children on a daily basis and sending them back to the camps. That is not a safety that you and I think of when we think of Europe so these children are not safe at all and they need our help.”

She said that speeding up applications for those children who have family connections in the UK would be a “great start”.

It comes as a former Kindertransport refugee called upon David Cameron to take in the 3,000 additional Syrian children.

Sir Erich Reich, chairman of Kindertransport-Association of Jewish Refugees, urged the prime minister to “help some of the most vulnerable victims” and to “demonstrate compassion.”

George Osborne, the Chancellor, told the BBC this morning that an announcement about new measures would be made once discussions are finalised.

He said: “Britain has always been a home to the vulnerable and we’ve always done what we need to do to help people who are fleeing persecution. That’s why we are taking people from the refugee camps as a result of this terrible Syrian civil war and we’re working with others, with charities, with other political parties, talking to people about what we can do to help the unaccompanied children as well, where we’re already providing financial support. So we are in those discussions and those discussions will go on and you will hear what we’ve got to say in due course.”

Yvette Cooper, the former shadow home secretary who chairs Labour’s refugee task force, said ministers were only talking about possible concessions because they feared a Commons defeat.

“We were promised a few weeks ago that the Government would make concessions, but in the end they only re-announced the same help for refugees outside Europe.

“That won’t be good enough this time,” she said.

“We need to see real action to help child refugees who are at risk of abuse, exploitation and trafficking within Europe. So far, ministers have only ever announced increased support when under serious political pressure – we will keep this up until next week’s vote.”

Britain must take Europe’s child refugees, Tory MP tells David Cameron –