Wednesday, October 28th, 2009 @ 11:35AM
The rank hypocrisy of the SNP occasionally defies belief. Take a look at this recent motion from Christina McKelvie in particular:
S3M-05021 Christina McKelvie (Central Scotland) (Scottish National Party): End Detention of Children in the UK— That the Parliament is disturbed to note the findings of a team of paediatricians and psychologists published in Child Abuse and Neglect: The International Journal, which found that 73% of the children held in Yarl’s Wood immigration detention centre whom they examined had developed clinically significant emotional, mental and physical health problems since being detained, including weight loss, sleep problems, bedwetting and speech regression; believes that these findings vindicate the Scottish Government’s insistence on pursuing alternatives to detention for asylum-seeker families with children; hopes that the community-based pilot launched jointly by the Scottish Government, Glasgow City Council and the UK Border Agency in May 2009 means that no more asylum-seeking children will be detained in Scotland; further notes, however, that, according to Home Office figures, 470 children have been detained this year in England and Wales, and calls on the UK Government to follow the Scottish Government’s example in introducing community-based alternatives to detention throughout the UK and end the practice of detaining children as soon as possible.
Supported by: Christine Grahame, Bob Doris, Bill Kidd, Joe FitzPatrick, Sandra White, Rob Gibson, Dr Bill Wilson, Anne McLaughlin, Dave Thompson, Stuart McMillan
Now the thought of children in detention centres appals me, so on the political issue I’m 100% behind Ms McKelvie’s belief that community based alternatives to detention should be sought.
But what exactly are the SNP doing about?
Immigration is of course a reserved issue, so here’s the membership list for the Westminster all-party parliamentary group on refugees.
Not a single SNP MP on the list.
What’s more, there’s only one Council in Scotland that works with the National Asylum Support Service, Labour run Glasgow City Council.
- The SNP Government has done nothing to encourage other local authorities to enter into contracts with NASS (S3W-26369)
- The SNP Government has not funded any specific projects to assist and support asylum seekers outside the Glasgow City Council area (S3W-23383)
- In fact, no SNP Minister has ever even met with the COSLA Strategic Migration Partnership Board since 2007 (S3W- 23082)
So enough of the grandstanding motions Ms McKelvie, what’s your party and your government actually going to do to improve the lives of people seeking asylum in this country.