The Tory MP for Lincolnshire says they’ve done their ‘bit’ for Eastern Europeans

Oonagh Keating. Updated March 2nd, 2022

As Russia continues its deadly assault on Ukraine, hundreds of thousands of Ukrainian citizens have fled the country in search of a place of safety.

Bordering nations, such as Poland and Romania have stepped up to the humanitarian plate, setting up camps to give refugees immediate respite before helping them find somewhere to stay or assisting them on their continuing journey.

The UK’s response to the crisis has been widely criticized, beginning with its poor implementation of sanctions and continuing with the government’s insistance that refugees must apply for seasonal workers or highly restricted close-family visas.

By contrast, the EU member states – all of them – agreed to open their borders to all Ukrainians, without visa requirements, for an initial period of three years.

On Monday, the UK government broadened its definition of close family to include parents and grandparents of adults, adult children and adult siblings of UK residents, reportedly doubling the number of people who might come over, to 200,000.

Edward Leigh, the Tory MP for Gainsborough in Lincolnshire, had a message for the Home Secretary – and any Ukrainians who might want to move into his area.

His blinkered and offensive comments got exactly the reception you might expect.

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Finally, that Baratheon Girl had this wry observation.

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