Peers defeat government in vote on child refugees

Jenny joined 305 other peers to defeat the government in the House of Lords: they voted to accept 3,000 unaccompanied child refugees into the UK from Europe.

An amendment to the Immigration Bill to let the children come to Britain was adopted by 306 votes to 204 – a majority of 102.

Labour’s Lord Dubs, who arrived in the UK as a refugee on the Kindertransport which helped children escape from the Nazis during World War Two – said the UK needed to show the same compassion and said this move said would protect children from exploitation, people trafficking and abuse. “I would like other children who are in a desperate situation to be offered safety in this country and be given the same opportunities that I had,” he told peers.