Tuesday, 10 February 2009

Asylum election pledge

I have just signed Liberty's pledge on asylum as the Green Party's Parliamentary candidate for Reading East. After various dodgy election campaigns scapegoating immigrants, asylum seekers and refugees I hope candidates will be signing this. The pledge reads:

“There is no place for racism and xenophobia in modern British politics. Nor is democratic debate advanced by the denigration of the most vulnerable in our country, including children and asylum seekers who do not enjoy the right to participate in elections.

I promise to remember the importance of refugee protection, even in free and wide-ranging debates about immigration policy. I will never play fast and loose with the proud tradition of a nation that must always offer succour to those in genuine fear of persecution.”

You can sign it here.

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