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Our tribute to Charles Kennedy

June 3, 2015 8:38 PM
By suzanne

Our best tribute to Charles Kennedy would be to make sure what he said here, 10 years ago, charles-kennedy-speaking-at-conference-rally-2009 is understood by those who need to understand it. "The vast majority of people seeking refuge in our country, as they have historically over decades and centuries are here for probably for the worst reason in the country that they are leaving and the very best reasons our country represents internationally. If somebody arrives in Britain with documentation but they've flown from some war torn area of civil strife or persecution, then you might not expect us all to have packed our toothbrush, our passport, our necessary papers in such circumstances, if they're running for their lives." (Quote found courtesy of Refugee Council). Refugee Council's photo. Refugee Council Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Charles Kennedy today. When the asylum debate was at its most toxic 10+ years ago and few politicians were speaking up for refugees, this is what he said.