Tim Farron has urged Scotland’s parties to embarrass the Tories into action on the Calais migrant crisis.
On his first visit to Scotland as Liberal Democrat leader, Tim met with human rights organisations to establish what how the European migrant crisis is impacting Scotland and establish what political parties can do to ensure a better understanding of the plight of refugees.
During a roundtable event hosted by Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie, representatives from the Scottish Refugee Council, the Refugee Women’s Strategy Group and Amnesty International discussed the global humanitarian crisis which has seen 60 million people forced to flee from their homes.
Commenting after the meeting, Tim Farron said:
“It is tragic that so many lives have been lost in the Mediterranean. The situation in Calais is just the tip the global humanitarian crisis which has seen 60 million people forced to flee from their homes.
“I am determined the Liberal Democrats will lead the liberal case for a compassionate approach to the plight of refugees.
“On my first visit to Scotland as leader I wanted to meet with humanitarian groups to establish what political leaders can do to change the tone of this debate.
“I believe we can build a broader, liberal platform for change which could embarrass the Tories into action.
“I hope that the SNP and Labour will show a willingness to put aside political differences and back our calls for action.”
Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie added:
“I pay tribute to these organisations for the incredible work they do day in and day out to support refugees living in Scotland.
“I was interested to hear more about what the Scottish party can do to ensure refugees are better supported in communities across Scotland.
“The protection the human rights of refugees also transcends party politics. This is why we need more partnership working between the UK Government, the Scottish Government and local councils.”