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Huppert backs call to leaders to safeguard children

May 4, 2010 11:09 AM

Julian HuppertJulian Huppert, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Cambridge has backed a group of 14 voters who are travelling to London yesterday (Monday, May 3) for an historic meeting with the party leaders.

They will call on the Clegg, Cameron and a senior Labour member to make sure the next government ends the detention of children for immigration purposes set out in the Sanctuary Pledge.

The Cambridge group, led by university lecturer, Dr Anna Rowlands, chair of Cambridge Citizens for Sanctuary, will join other members and refugees from across the UK for the meeting which calls on the leaders to endorse the pledge.

She said: "Over 1,000 children are detained in Britain each year and in this region we have shifted the problem from our doorstep - Oakington - to Yarlswood in Bedfordshire. This will not do.

"At a cost of over £130 per day to detain a child, Cambridge will be sending a

clear message to the leaders - it is morally wrong and financially

extravagant to keep innocent children locked up in prison conditions."

Julian, who signed the pledge, said: "I fully support this group's actions. Children should never be subjected to prison conditions, yet this government is doing just that to innocent youngsters caught up in the immigration system.

"I hope as soon as the next government is formed it will address this issue head on. There has to be a better way."

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