Eden MP uses final Prime Minister's question of the year to press for more focus on Syria (From The Westmorland Gazette)
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Eden MP uses final Prime Minister's question of the year to press for more focus on Syria
3:06pm Thursday 19th December 2013 in News
PENRITH and the Border MP Rory Stewart used the last Prime Minister’s Question before the Christmas recess to press for more focus on the ongoing crisis in humanitarian crisis in Syria.
“Christmas in Syria will be defined by unstopping grief and horror in sub-zero temperatures,” said Mr Stewart. “I encourage the Prime Minister to keep a relentless focus on humanitarian relief in Syria, to encourage the rest of the international community to meet the UN’s demands for £4 billion of assistance, and to ensure that assistance is much more imaginative and generous.”
The Prime Minister answered: “On behalf of the House, I am grateful to my hon. Friend for raising that issue before Christmas. That is where our thoughts should be. There is a huge humanitarian crisis affecting up to half of the Syrian population.
“Britain can be proud of the fact that, at £500 million, we are the second-largest bilateral donor of aid going to Syria and neighbouring countries and we are helping people in those refugee camps. We should encourage other countries to step up to the plate in the way we have done, and ensure that we fulfil our moral obligations to those people who will suffer at Christmas time.”
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