Fresh calls to take on more Syrian refugees after Portsmouth council vote

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn
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LABOUR’S leader has again urged the UK to consider taking more Syrian refugees.

Jeremy Corbyn repeated demands for David Cameron to go beyond his commitment to take up to 20,000 refugees from the camps around Syria over five years.

Responding to Mr Corbyn’s comments, the prime minister replied by insisting the UK’s stance had gained ‘a lot of respect’ within the EU.

The comments come after the Tory-led Portsmouth City Council defended their controversial decision to say ‘no’ to more asylum seekers, claiming their move spoke for most the people in the city.

The motion, backed by Ukip, was criticised by campaigners who said it was ‘closing the doors’ on refugees.

Speaking in the Commons yesterday, Mr Corbyn asked how many Syrian refugees have been accepted under the government’s scheme to relocate vulnerable people.

Mr Corbyn, who praised the UK’s aid effort in response to the Syrian crisis, added: ‘If Britain played a more positive role on this front, it may create the goodwill in Europe to make headway in your other forthcoming negotiations.’

Responding, the PM said the aim is to ensure 1,000 Syrian refugees would arrive in the UK before Christmas.

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