WE SHOULD HELP REFUGEES
THE Syrian civil war has claimed 200,000 lives and millions are homeless. Britain has taken in 4,500 Syrian refugees. Other countries have helped, particularly Germany, which has taken 70,000.
I would like to see Stockport accepting 16,500 Syrian refugees, lifting our wealthy town to 300,000 people.
Government support would be needed, but for our part we could initially provide warehouses, mills and so on for shelter whilst these people get on their feet.
Britain has taken in refugees before of course. In the 1680s, soon after plague and fire had devastated London, tens of thousands of newly-arrived French Protestant refugees provided the impetus for the rebuilding of our capital.
As for the Syrian refugees, giving hope to 16,500 of them when all their hope had gone is perhaps the biggest thing that we as a community will ever do.
I realise that what I’m proposing will not be easy. I know that there will be obstacles to overcome, but if ever there was a time for a town to demonstrate its capabilities this must surely be it. action’ that wins votes in Hazel Grove.
In a way, I was somewhat surprised as it sounds like Sir Andrew is backing Conservative candidate William Wragg – a teacher, with a record of standing up for local residents as a councillor in Hazel Grove.