*Update – Tuesday 7th March 2017*
Thank you to all who sent in letters to your local MP. Unfortunately, MPs have voted AGAINST the Dubs Scheme to allow more unaccompanied child refugees to enter the UK. The vote was so close (287 votes to 267) but we've let the children down yet again.
Today we are heartbroken. Tomorrow WE RESIST. Get ready to start knitting to make a difference. More information coming soon.
The request below was written before the MP vote. Feel free to use the link and template to contact your local MP about other issues concerning refugees.
Send this letter to your MP to encourage them to vote in favour
of the Dubs Scheme by Tuesday 7th March 2017
What's the update with the Dubs Scheme?
Less than a year ago, the Dubs Scheme was put forward by Lord Dubs, who was a child refugee himself, for Britain to take in 3000 unaccompanied child refugees. A few weeks ago, the Government actually confirmed it would only allow 350 unaccompanied children. Considering the collective number of unaccompanied child refugees in Europe is estimated at 95,000, this is an absolute disgrace, and a fraction of the original number put forward.
On Thursday 2nd March 2017, MPs voted in favour of the Dubs Scheme in a non-binding ballot. That's good news, right? Right! It means Britain are one step closer to allowing safe entry for more unaccompanied child refugees. However, this vote has not been set in stone so we cannot relax...
A group of cross-party MPs will now take an amendment to Parliament to put it into law on Tuesday 7th March 2017. If MPs vote in favour of this amendment, the Government will be legally bound to identify further capacity for unaccompanied refugee children.
This is what you need to do urgently by Tuesday 7th March 2017
If you are a British Knit Aider, we urge you contact your local MP and make sure they turn up and vote for the Dubs Scheme. As a collective, we CAN make a difference. We have provided a pre-written letter below that you can use.
Here is a guide on what you need to do:
Click this link and enter your postcode to find your local MP
Copy and paste the letter below into the message window –
I am writing to you as a concerned constituent regarding the Government's announcement to close the Dubs scheme, despite the fact that last year MPs pledged, quite rightly, to accept 3000 vulnerable refugee children.
I do not accept that the Dub's scheme is incentive enough alone to drive parents to send their children on the perilous journey across the Mediterranean as some have claimed – in fact research shows that when we close legal routes to safety, all we do is drive desperate people into more danger. There are none as vulnerable as unaccompanied children.
To deny safety to these children is inexcusable.
On Tuesday, a binding amendment will be brought to Parliament and I am asking you to vote for Britain to fulfill our legal and moral responsibility to some of the most vulnerable people in the world.
We will look back on this time in history with either pride or shame. I urge you to do the right thing.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Personalise the letter but remember to remain courteous.
Preview your message and send.
Please share this page with all of your friends and family and across your social channels. Let's get as many people as we can to write to their MPs by Tuesday 7th March 2017. It only takes a few minutes to complete and could make all the difference.
Please note: This campaign can only be completed by British residents. However, if you know any British people, please let them know!