Tory councilors vote down plan to re-settle refugees in Northampton

Last week Northamptonshire County Council said it could not take in a single family fleeing war in refugee camps in Jordan, Turkey and Syria because of its dire financial state.

Members of the public walk out of the Guildhall last night after a vote to house 50 Syrian refugee families in the town was defeated.

Last night a Labour motion called on the borough council to over-rule that decision and take in 50 families over the next five years without the help of the county.

But it was turned down by the Conservative group members in a recorded vote, prompting jeers and slow clapping from some in the public gallery.


The Government has pledged to take in 20,000 of the refugees over the next five years. Now it is certain there will be none re-settled in Northamptonshire under the scheme. 



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