The public support Lord Dubs received when the Labor peer’s amendment to the immigration bill passed through the Lords in March took him by surprise.
Lord Dubs says “I’ve had people in the street shouting at me, saying well done, and you know, when politicians in the street normally get shouted at, it’s with abuse.”
The Dubs amendment to compel the government to take 3,000 unaccompanied child refugees from Europe – proposed amid reports that some 95,000 refugee children have reached Europe without their parents – was voted down by the Commons last week. But it was immediately revised by the Lords and sent back – to be voted on in the Commons again next week.
The government has argued that the UK is already helping refugees in the Middle East, and that accepting vulnerable children from European camps would create a “pull factor”. But Dubs, who arrived in the UK from Czechoslovakia on Kindertransport aged six, disagrees.