Local MP Corri Wilson has called on the Prime Minister to take urgent action on the humanitarian crisis in Europe as she opened her office to donations for refugees this week.
As the UK prepares to provide resettlement to ‘thousands’ of people from camps bordering Syria, Ms Wilson has written to David Cameron demanding that he work with other European leaders to find a sustainable long term solution. And, after receiving hundreds of messages from constituents wanting to help, she is now collecting bedding and toiletries to pass on to organisations working with refugees in Scotland.
Ms Wilson said: “I have been staggered by the generosity and compassion of the people of Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock. It is clear that the UK Government has been consistently out of step with public opinion and are having to be shamed into taking action.
“People are fleeing their homelands, with their children, out of necessity, and the UK needs to play its part in helping them.”
Donations of blankets, duvets, towels, linens and basic toiletries can be dropped off at 21 Wellington Square, Ayr between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday. All donations will be passed on to Scottish charities working with refugees both here in Scotland, and overseas. Any financial donations should be made directly to the Scottish Refugee Council, Positive Action on Housing or the British Red Cross.
Local SNP MSP Adam Ingram has today welcomed the announcement that Nicola Sturgeon will host a round table with organisations including the Scottish Refugee Council to discuss what further action the Scottish Government can take.
Mr Ingram is also highlighting the launch of a new volunteer-led organisation – Scotland Supporting Refugees - which is raising awareness about the crisis.
Mr Ingram said: “Nicola Sturgeon has made clear that Scotland stands ready to do what we can to help refugees – and I am encouraged by this and by the formation of the Scotland Supporting Refugees organisation.
“People are fleeing their homelands with their children out of necessity and the UK needs to play its part – along with the rest of Europe – in helping them.
“David Cameron’s stance is completely out of touch with public opinion and I implore him to change his position.”