I’ve signed Global Justice Now’s pledge to be an MP not a Border Guard.
I agree with Global Justice Now that my surgeries should not be a place where the government’s ‘hostile environment’ approach towards migrants is allowed to flourish.
Denying migrants in the UK access to essential rights and services is a key part of the hostile environment. Under this inhumane approach, borders have become part of day-to-day life with doctors, landlords and employers being forced to act as border agents. MPs too are being drawn into this system and contributing to this climate of hostility. This needs to stop.
I believe all MPs should provide fair and just representation for everyone living in their constituency, whatever their immigration status. I want to lead by example and take a stand to make sure this country, and our democratic system, is a welcome and safe place for all.