Protest to be held to urge Portsmouth councillors not to close door on refugees

A 'rally in Guildhall Square last month to welcome migrants and refugees to the city
A 'rally in Guildhall Square last month to welcome migrants and refugees to the city
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ACTIVISTS are to lobby councillors ahead a crucial debate over whether the door should be closed on refugees coming into Portsmouth.

Members of Stand Up To Racism and other campaigners will urge city members not to vote in favour of a letter being sent to home secretary Theresa May requesting Portsmouth be taken off the list of places where refugees can go.

The lobby will be staged in Guildhall Square from 1.30pm, half an hour before a meeting of the full council where the matter will be debated.

Tory councillors Luke Stubbs and Steve Wemyss have come under fire for requesting the home secretary removes Portsmouth as a cluster area for refugees.

It was given that status in 2000, along with other cities in the south east, to ease pressure on London.

Tory council leader Donna Jones has already sent a letter to the government saying the city has already done its fair share and local services would be stretched if the gates stayed open.

Political reporter Miles O’Leary will be providing live coverage of full council on Twitter using the #fullcouncil hashtag.