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UK accepted only 90 Syrian refugees in 2014

This Thursday marks the first anniversary of the Government finally accepting the call from Labour, and thousands of campaigners, to accept the most vulnerable Syrian refugees. The people of Britain have reacted with generosity and humanity in response to this tragedy, which is the worst humanitarian crisis since WWII.

The DEC Syria Crisis Appeal raised £27m in 19 months, and there was widespread support for campaigns raising awareness of the Syrian peoples' plight. Over 10,000 people signed Amnesty International's petition to get the government to accept Syrian refugees.

However, it wasn't until last year — long after Ed Miliband, Yvette Cooper and myself, along with Labour backbenchers, pledged Labour's support for the campaign — that the Prime Minister finally U-turned from his opposition to allow Syrian refugees to come to the UK.

In the year since the Government made its commitment, the situation in Syria has deteriorated even further.

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