Wednesday, 14 April 2010

NEWSFLASH: Lib Dem manifesto pledges an end to the detention of children!

Congratulations to all Sanctuary Pledge supporters who have put pressure on Liberal Democrat candidates - today's Lib Dem manifesto includes a commitment to "end the detention of children in immigration detention centres."

You can read the full manifesto here. The relevant section, entitled "a safe haven for those fleeing persecution" is on pages 76 and 77.

If your Lib Dem candidate hasn't signed the Sanctuary Pledge yet, then this should seal the deal!

This could also be significant if there is a hung parliament and the Lib Dems hold the balance of power - we need to make sure that they push whichever party leads the next government to work to end child detention.

For those of you in Wales, Plaid Cymru have also committed themselves to ending child detention in their manifesto: "We condemn the practice of housing recently-arrived asylum seekers, especially children, in "detention" or "removal" centres."

For those of you who have seen the Labour and Conservative manifestoes, sadly they do not contain a commitment to ending child detention.

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