Of all the fundamental freedoms protected by the Human Rights Act, none attracts controversy quite like Article 8 – the right to respect for your private and family life. Barely a day passes without it hitting the headlines for apparently all the wrong reasons. Flicking through certain newspapers you would be forgiven for concluding that it exists only to shield foreign murderers and rapists from deportation.
In the run up to the 2010 General Election Liberty, the Refugee Council and the Scottish Refugee Council called on all parliamentary candidates to sign our asylum election pledge and remember Britain’s history as a place of refuge for the persecuted.
There is no place for racism and xenophobia in modern British politics. Nor is democratic debate advanced by the denigration of the most vulnerable in our country, including children and asylum seekers who do not enjoy the right to participate in elections. I promise to remember the importance of refugee protection, even in free and wide-ranging debates about immigration policy. I will never play fast and loose with the proud tradition of a nation that must always offer succour to those in genuine fear of persecution.”
Over 1,000 parliamentary candidates signed, including the leaders of the three main parties.
Did your MP sign the pledge?
Have a look on the list below to see whether your MP signed the pledge. You can use They Work For You to check how they vote and what they say in Parliament – help us make sure they keep their promise.
Under the ‘Detained Fast Track’ (DFT) procedure, people seeking asylum who are in the UK are interviewed by Home Office officials following which a decision is made as to whether their case can be decided quickly and is suitable for ‘fast-tracking’. Often this decision is made on the basis of the person’s country of origin.