Demonstration outside York Minster with Rachael Maskell MP for York Central
Demonstration outside York Minster with Rachael Maskell MP for York Central

Rachael Maskell, MP for York Central will be holding an online public meeting  on Wednesday 25 August at 7pm.

To register your interest and to receive the joining instructions, email or contact Rachael’s office on 01904 623713.

The MP for York Central addressed the gathering at York Minister who were there to demonstrate that the people of Afghanistan are welcome in York, the UK’s only Human Right’s City.

The people in Afghanistan are amid a humanitarian crises and it is a race against time to evacuate people who are at risk of being captured and killed, many vulnerable people, including women and children, those who supported UK military and civilian services in Afghanistan and people working for civil society organisations risk being captured by the Taliban.

Rachael Maskell MP said “As the tragedy in Afghanistan has advanced, it has caused us all to search for answers. The shocking scenes we are witnessing are beyond comprehension. Our Armed Forces went to serve and bring hope to the people of Afghanistan. 150,000 have come home changed by their experiences, many physically and mentally scared, while 457 never came home. They were served by Afghans and served alongside them. Many were their interpreters, and today need our help. Women, children, activists and those who were part of building their society now risk being captured by the Taliban and fear for their futures.

“These tragic scenes were not inevitable. This humanitarian disaster is resultant of political failure as President Trump signed away their future in a shocking deal, and this Government failed to step in and rescue the situation, despite calls from Opposition Parties. The Foreign Secretary was away on holiday when the Afghan people were crying for help. This abject failure must now see the Government step in and provide safe passages for people trapped in Afghanistan, enable people to quickly leave, and then ensure that people are provided for, whether they stay in the region or are brought to the UK.

“We owe it to our Armed Forces and we owe it to the people of Afghanistan for the UK to step up and play its full part in welcoming refugees to the UK. To date, the Government have been woeful in their response, having cut aid to Afghanistan, even now below 2019 levels, and only offering a small number of people a safe place in the UK. I am proposing a Resettlement New Deal, which means we reach out with a resettlement scheme and support services, while also addressing the significant labour shortages in our economy. We need to be thinking strategically about how we make provision in this crisis, give people hope and a future, and also give people a real chance in life.”

“Over the last week I have been contacted by hundreds of constituents concerned about the situation and wanting York to play its full part. I want to hear from people about the actions they want Government and York to take and respond to questions people may have. My public meeting will therefore be open to all in York Central.

“If you are personally impacted by this situation, due to having friends and family in Afghanistan in need of help, then please contact me on 01904 623713 or email and I will do all I can to support you.”

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