Ruth Davidson urged to support refugees

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth  Davidson has been urged to support refugees. Picture: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson has been urged to support refugees. Picture: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
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A HOST of leading Scots civic figures and celebrities have signed an open letter to Ruth Davidson urging her to put pressure on the UK government to accept more child refugees.

DJ Edith Bowman, Hollywood actor Brian Cox, the Proclaimers and Alison Phipps of UNESCO are all calling on the Scottish Tory leader to be “the voice for child refugees” in her party and push for more urgent action on the Dubs Amendment.

This was established last year to allow unaccompanied refugee children in camps like the now closed Calais Jungle to come to the UK, with its supporters calling for 3,000 youngsters to be accepted. Instead just 200 have arrived, and none this year, with a cap of 480 imposed.

The group, which also includes Still Game star Gavin Mitchell, author Andrew O’Hagan and singer Eddie Reader, is now calling for a meeting with Ms Davidson to discuss the issue.

The letter states: “It has been nine months since the first child refugees arrived in Scotland under the Dubs scheme. Whilst these children start to rebuild their lives, thousands more have been left waiting.”

It adds: “Westminster may be divided on this issue, but Scotland is not. Communities, faith groups, schools and businesses have helped more refugees resettle in Scotland than any other nation in the UK. We are proud of Scotland’s response, but we must also do our bit to help refugees in Europe too.

“We note the Scottish and Welsh governments have urged the Home Office to help more children and speed up the process.

“As leader of the Scottish Conservatives we urge you to be the voice for child refugees within your own party and support the growing calls to lift the cap on this scheme.”

A spokesman for the Scottish Conservatives said: “Ruth has yet to receive a letter from this organisation but, when she does, she will happily respond.”