Yesterday the Prime Minister came to the House of Commons to answer questions on the ongoing conflict in Syria, and her decision to commit British Forces to military action over the weekend.
There are 5,636,302 known refugees displaced by the conflict in Syria, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. This is in addition to the people internally displaced within the country, and those who continue to be under siege. All these people are victims, caught in Syria’s tragic and ongoing proxy war.
I asked her to put the Syrian people first in any response. At a time when Syria is once again at the forefront of international attention, we should reconsider how we help vulnerable refugees, and the support we offer overstretched countries like Lebanon, where Syrian refugees now make up a quarter of the population. It is time to re-evaluate what we can do as a country to take our share of those who have had to abandon their home to flee war and persecution.
Next week, the Prime Minister will be attending a conference in Brussels on the future of Syria and the region. I asked her to use that opportunity to bring nations together, looking at every possible option to help those driven from their home in this ongoing and complex conflict. Whatever action we may or may not take in Syria, the UK has a moral responsibility to help provide sanctuary to those who have been forced to flee. This would be true leadership.
See her response below: