MP column: We need better solution for crisis by Maggie Throup

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I was very proud to be present in the House of Commons last week as tributes were made to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II when she became our longest serving monarch.

During the last 63 years, Her Majesty has been a rock of stability in a world of constant change.

Within two hours of getting back to Westminster after the summer recess, I was sat in a very crowded House of Commons, avidly listening to the Prime Minister updating the House on the Syrian refugee situation.

I have had many emails about the Syrian refugee crisis, many offering a variety of solutions. Britain is a moral nation and we will fulfil our moral responsibilities. For decades we have been proud to offer a safe haven for those who flee persecution.

The Prime Minister announced that Britain will resettle 20,000 refugees over the next five years, straight from the camps in the Middle East to discourage refugees from taking the perilous journey across the Mediterranean.

This will be funded for the first year using the foreign aid budget and help local councils with things like housing. In the longer term, the Government will continue to direct additional aid spending to failed sates and the refugee crisis.

In my opinion, simply taking people is not the solution to the crisis. We need a comprehensive solution that deals with the people most responsible for the terrible scenes we see on the TV: President Assad in Syria, ISIL and the criminal gangs that are running the terrible trade in people.

Last Friday was the first session of Private Members’ Bills, with the first one being the ‘Assisted Dying’ bill.

As a parliamentarian, I had a free vote on the issue, which means there wasn’t a party line to take.

Based on my own family experiences and my healthcare background, and taking into account the feelings from across Erewash, I voted against the Bill.

I know this will have upset some residents, but I also feel it was important for me to participate in this debate and not avoid the issue.

The vote on the bill was decisive with 118 MPs voting for and 330 MPs voting against, so the Bill has fallen. I have posted my speech on my website www.maggiethroup.com.

Any resident who needs to contact me can do so via email at maggie@maggiethroup.com or post to Bridge House, Derby Road, Long Eaton NG10 1HU.