Today, I and my fellow Lib Dem Peers will be voting against many aspects of the truly terrible Nationality and Borders Bill.
Brian Paddick has been leading brilliantly on this. This is his summary of issues we want to oppose in any votes today:
Depriving people of their UK citizenship without telling them
Criminalising everyone who makes it to the UK border and then claims asylum
Criminalising those rescuing drowning migrants in the English Channel
Requiring non-UK or Irish citizens, moving between Northern Ireland and the Republic, to have an electronic visa, even if they live on the island of Ireland
Allowing those who push-back migrant boats in the Channel to have legal immunity, even if people drown as a result
Allowing the Bill to 'reinterpret' the UN Refugee Convention, effectively overruling it
Denying genuine refugees their rights if they don't come via (almost non-existent) Government resettlement schemes
Not allowing asylum seekers to work, if the Home Office take more than 6 months to decide their case
Refusing asylum to anyone who has passed-through a 'safe third country' to get here
Sending asylum seekers to places like Ascension Island, not just to be processed but permanently
Refusing to allow unaccompanied asylum-seeking children in Europe to be taken in by family members in the UK
Refusing to ensure the UK is prepared to take in asylum seekers if required, by making sure the systems are in place and by giving support for local authorities, unlike the current shambles with Ukraine
Not giving sanctuary to victims of genocide
Using unproven and harmful methods to assess the age of asylum-seeking children such as the use of X-rays
Reversing the protections afforded to victims of modern slavery
Following the tragic death of Oxton councillor Andy Corkhill last year, family, friends, neighbours and political colleagues gathered this week for the planting of a tree in his memory.
The ten foot high sweet gum tree was planted in the grassed area at the corner of Holm Lane and Oulton Close, not far from Andy's family home. The tree was chosen by his family and fiancee, Paola, who were among the crowd that gathered in glorious sunshine for the planting.
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