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We need to be alive to adding to the impression that the fixing of a social harm can wait a few months while we find a way to replace lost revenue.
The right answer is to discourage people from coming to Calais in the first place, and to help people directly in the Middle East.
As a party known for strong economic management, we must work doubly hard to avoid appearing to know the price of everything and the value of nothing.
Those directing their moral outrage at Amber Rudd have the wrong target.
If we prioritise rescuing children from the incompetence of EU governments, that means children can be rescued from the slaughter of the Middle East.
We must speed up family reunion, implement the Dubs amendment with integrity – and work towards ending child detention on the continent.
“We risk increasing the incidence of human trafficking rather than reducing it.”
A key question is whether we want their entry into Europe to be controlled by governments or by gangs of people smugglers.
We must find more local authority spaces for unaccompanied child refugees.