Stockport Times East - - YOUR VIEWS - John Ty­ers Marple Bev­er­ley Oliver Ad­dress sup­plied

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.

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