Dis­rup­tion from HS2 ‘is in­evitable’

Yorkshire Post - - POLITICS & ECONOMY -

For­mer Trans­port Sec­re­tary Sir Pa­trick McLough­lin told MPs it was “in­evitable” peo­ple would be in­con­ve­nienced by HS2 as he cited op­po­si­tion to the open­ing of one of the ear­li­est rail­ways.

The Tory grandee re­minded col­leagues of the op­po­si­tion to the 1833 Birm­ing­ham to Lon­don rail­way as he made the case for the project. He spoke dur­ing read­ing of the High Speed Rail (West Mid­lands-Crewe) Bill. REFUGEES ARE strug­gling to in­te­grate into Bri­tish life be­cause of re­stric­tions on bring­ing their rel­a­tives to the coun­try, cam­paign­ers claim.

Ox­fam and the Refugee Coun­cil called on the Gov­ern­ment to amend the rules, la­belling them “un­fair” and “re­stric­tive”.

The or­gan­i­sa­tions said many refugees are plagued by worry about loved ones who are still over­seas – leav­ing them un­able to fo­cus on find­ing work, mak­ing friends or learn­ing English.

Mau­rice Wren of the Refugee Coun­cil said: “Re­unit­ing refugee fam­i­lies gives them the best chance of liv­ing set­tled and ful­fill­ing lives. Deny­ing them the chance to re­store their fam­ily ties condemns then to a fu­ture of an­guish and guilt, with the anx­i­ety of sep­a­ra­tion un­der­min­ing their men­tal health.”

Part­ners, spouses or chil­dren aged un­der 18 can ap­ply to join those granted hu­man­i­tar­ian pro­tec­tion or asy­lum sta­tus in the UK.

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