Supporters gather for refugee rally in Portsmouth

Councillor Hugh Mason and Simon Magorian, from Stand up to Racism at the refugee rally
Councillor Hugh Mason and Simon Magorian, from Stand up to Racism at the refugee rally
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  • Speakers urge crowd to tell MPs and Portsmouth councillors that city can help
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MORE than 100 people have turned out in Portsmouth to support refugees.

Speakers at Guildhall Square this afternoon urged the crowd to tell councillors and MPs that the city can help in the crisis.

It comes as prime minister David Cameron pledged to welcome 20,000 refugees from Syria into the UK by 2020.

Councillor Hugh Mason told the crowd: ‘We need support firstly from central government because when asylum seekers come here as refugees they need housing and government will provide that.

‘They need schooling, our schools are pretty full.

‘If the government will be honest with us and recognise we’ve got a problem, that’s a huge number of people we could take in this city.’

He added: ‘We have a city council and we need to persuade them this country can take more and it’s a moral issue.’

There was a police presence at the square, with officers keeping an eye on the different entry routes.

Increasing pressure has been put on government to take more refugees from the conflict in Syria.

People in Portsmouth have supported refugees in Calais.