No room for refugees in Lichfield, says local UKIP chairman

Refugees could only be accommodated in Lichfield and Burntwood if people are taken out of their homes to make way, according to the local UKIP chairman.

A petition has been set up and shared on social media by the Green Party calling on Lichfield District Council to house 10 displaced families.

British Prime Minister David Cameron has agreed that the United Kingdom should resettle 20,000 displaced Syrians by 2020.

But Lichfield and Burntwood UKIP branch chairman Peter Cope believes the PM has caused the refugee crisis by ordering the bombing of Libya in 2011 to topple Muammar Gaddafi’s regime.

He said: “I don’t see how the local authority can offer these people accommodation, as there is no council housing – they would literally have to start taking people out of their homes to do it.

“The problems started when we went into Iraq and removed Saddam Hussein and when Cameron bombed Libya to take out Gaddafi. We remove dictators and then we end up fighting them our whole lives.

“If we had left them in place to sort things out then they would have kept order.

“The only answer is to send our troops to Libya to stop people from getting on the boats.”

The Green Party have called for the UK to take in almost a quarter-of-a-million refugees.

The party’s Lichfield and Burntwood branch spokesman Simon Partridge said politicians of all political persuasions needed to respond with compassion.

“People are not leaving their countries because they don’t like their homes – they are fleeing war and persecution.

“Our response to the crisis has been to call on the Prime Minister to take in more refugees, because we’re a caring party who cares deeply about all people.”

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  1. Steve Norman

    12th September, 2015 at 9:16 am

    Completely clueless. Perhaps LDC’S UKIP representative will table that very question at the next council meeting?

  2. Jack Andrea

    12th September, 2015 at 9:28 am

    Considering net migration to the UK reached +330,000 this year I can’t help but think accepting 250k refugees is an unsustainable number. Between 20-60k seems more nearer the mark.

  3. Thornton

    12th September, 2015 at 10:09 am

    This Peter Cope character is sounding extremely right wing and people should really think before they support someone like this.

  4. Julie Kaine

    12th September, 2015 at 10:26 am

    I would be quite happy if he had to leave his home.

  5. Sabcat

    12th September, 2015 at 11:25 am

    Really Jack? What have you based that assertion on? How do the figures for net migration relate to the number of refugees we are able to accommodate?

  6. Cearbhaill

    12th September, 2015 at 6:47 pm

    When and where did the UKiP Chairman say this? It seems that you publish these short articles written in such a sensationalist fashion just to get a thread going on the comment board from the usual anti-ukip croud.

  7. Cearbhaill

    12th September, 2015 at 6:49 pm

    Whoops, sorry I meant crowd not ‘croud’!!

  8. russell littler

    13th September, 2015 at 12:49 am

    The only time we seem to hear “common sense” nowadays, is from UKIP politicians.

  9. Rob

    16th September, 2015 at 11:29 pm

    There don’t seem to be many “displaced families” taking part in the extreme violence on the Serbian/Hungarian border on the news tonight.
    These fit and healthy young men wouldn’t have left their wives and children in a dangerous war-zone, would they?

  10. Thornton

    17th September, 2015 at 7:44 am

    No, most of them wouldn’t but I’ve read personal stories of their mothers and fathers not wanting to leave their country as they see it as giving up on it.

    In terms of women and children not taking part in violence being shown on TV. Have you thought perhaps that they’re staying out of view while this goes on as there has already been pictures of women being tear gassed.

    Surely you’re not trying to deny that these people are displaced? Where have you been hiding?

  11. Rob

    17th September, 2015 at 2:36 pm

    The women and children also seem to be staying out of view at the crush on the railway platforms.
    Maybe their menfolk are reserving them seats in the carriages?
    I’m not denying any individuls are displaced, just wondering about the families. I didn’t know I’d been hiding but I appreciate your concern.

  12. Thornton

    17th September, 2015 at 6:20 pm

    Apologies Rob, I responded to your comment while half asleep. No offence meant.

  13. Rob

    17th September, 2015 at 7:16 pm

    No worries, none taken.