The unknown woman hit out after Labour MP Owen Smith told the audience in Torquay he would apologise “on behalf of Britain” to all child refugees who have been blocked from entering Britain after a halt to the Dubs amendment.
The amendment to the immigration act, forced upon the Government by Lord Dubs, himself a Holocaust survivor, made it a legal necessity for Britain to take in vulnerable lone child refugees travelling across Europe.
But people have criticised the foreign aid effort with the NHS and other public services under intense pressure as it faces “the biggest financial squeeze in its history”.
A Question Time audience member berated the panel after they said Britain should accept refugees
We cannot take anymore people
Question Time audience member
Urging them to prioritise the NHS and social care services, the audience member said: “Yes I have huge empathy for anybody that wants to come into this country who fears for their life.
“But what about our NHS? What about our social care? We are absolutely on our knees!
“We cannot take anymore people!”
The Government has said it will now only take in 350 child refugees.
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While their was no figure for children being accepted into Britain, Lord Dubs and his supporters expected as many as 3,000 unaccompanied minors to be taken in.
Immigration Minister Robert Goodwill said local authorities could no longer cope with the amount of refugees entering the UK.
In a written statement, Mr Goodwill said more than 900 unaccompanied children were transferred to the UK from Europe in total last year.
More than 200 of those children met the criteria for the Dubs amendment and others under an accelerated processed based on the Dublin Regulation which covers family reunion cases.
Mr Goodwill said: “The UK can be proud of its record of helping refugee children and I can today announce, in accordance with Section 67 of the Immigration Act, that the government will transfer the specified number of 350 children pursuant to that section, who reasonable meet the intention and spirit behind the provision.”
Shadow health secretary Jon Ashworth has bemoaned the lack of funding afforded to the NHS, which last month was described the the Red Cross as experiencing a "humanitarian crisis".
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He said: “The NHS is going through the biggest financial squeeze in its history. Every day we see an NHS pushed to the bring because of Tory underfunding.
“These are some of the worst figures we have seen. Experts are saying standards are being pushed back 15 years or more.”
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