In a vote in Parliament yesterday (25th April) Louise voted in favour of a cross-party plan to admit 3,000 unaccompanied child refugees to the UK who are currently at risk of trafficking, disease and abuse and living in unacceptable conditions in camps in Europe.
The amendment was added to the Immigration Bill in the House of Lords by the Labour Lord Dubs who had benefited from the kinder-transport, the government-backed programme that accepted child refugees from Germany in the run-up to the Second World War. It would have admitted 3,000 unaccompanied children currently on the European continent in camps such as those at Calais and who are at risk from abuse, trafficking and disease.
The amendment was narrowly blocked by the Government and commenting afterwards Louise said:
"It is shameful and despicable that the Tories would prevent 3,000 extraordinarily vulnerable children currently on the European continent and who are at risk from trafficking, abuse and disease from having a safe place to stay here in the UK."
"We need to take our fair share of child refugees and the actions of the government in blocking this amendment will go down is history as a stain on our country."