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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.”

Lewis Deakin

NCTJ-trained reporter with experience in a wide variety of journalism settings.

13 replies on “No room for refugees in Lichfield, says local UKIP chairman”

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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?

  4. 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?

  5. 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.

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