As with our By Election earlier this year I wrote to all candidates seeking their views on 22nd November as follows:-
Will you make a commitment to ensure that people seeking asylum are given the right to work?
2. Detention. As things stand, it is Government policy to detain people, who have committed no crime and are seeking safety, for months or even years, often in unpleasant conditions with brutal treatment. In 2018 It cost £108 million [ more than £600 a week for an individual in detention] for immigration detention and 2016–17, there were 143 cases of wrongful detention, for which £3.3m compensation was paid.
This is a matter of great concern to us and many others.
Many are released without being deported but enormous psychological harm is done to these individuals. We know a man who was detained unexpectedly last year and released after a few weeks. He has told us how ill he became whilst in detention – fearing for his life in the event of being deported which he was told several times was going to happen imminently. He had been tortured in his own country and being detained brought back these memories.
Will you make a commitment to ensure that your party reviews immigration policy and brings the management of the Home Office in line with human rights?
We look forward to your response on these topics. Whilst there are few if any people seeking asylum in our area, there are 3000 in Wales and our group are united in our concern that people fleeing persecution should be welcomed and treated with kindness. Will you assure us that if you are elected as our representative you will take these matters forward, please?
To our Labour candidate and Liberal Democrat Candidates who responded with such details last time I gave them the option that I would use the comments that they made before if they felt that their views hadn’t changed.
Tom Davies Labour responded twice on 2nd December as follows_
Further to the below and my comments on Thursday, please feel free to re-use the comments made during the by-election.
Both the Labour Party and I remain committed to ending the hostile environment of refugees and those seeking asylum..
Further to your email and our (albeit brief) discussion on Thursday, please note that I would be committed to giving child refugees safe and legal routes to the UK.
Please refer to my comments provided during the Brecon and Radnor by-election as well as the following which is included in the Welsh Labour Manifesto:
Refugees are victims of wars, environmental catastrophes, famine or persecution. This government has failed its international legal obligations to refugees and to allow people to exercise their rights to seek asylum. A Labour government will uphold those rights and meet those obligations. We will work with others to resume rescue missions in the Mediterranean, co-operate with the French authorities to put an end to the horrific camps, and establish safe and legal routes for asylum seekers. Once here, refugees will have the right to work, access to public services and will be treated humanely by government at all levels.
Jane Dodds let me know that her statement last time was still relevant..
To date- 8th December – I’ve not heard from any of the other candidates……