Friday 5 November 2010

Motion in Scottish Parliament supports Paul Foot Award winner Clare Sambrook's campaign

Christina McKelvie (Central Scotland Scottish National Party) has put down a motion in the Scottish Parliament congratulating Clare Sambrook (left) on winning the 2010 Paul Foot Award for campaigning journalism.

The motion also backs Sambrook's campaign to end the practice of child detention by the immigration authorities.

The motion notes: "Clare is a founder member of End Child Detention Now, a citizens' campaign to end the detention of child asylum-seekers and migrants by the UK immigration authorities; further notes that Clare’s award comes less than two months after UK immigration minister Damian Green appeared to backtrack on the pledge made in the UK Government’s coalition agreement to stop the practice of detaining children, saying that it would instead seek merely to minimise child detention; further notes that the family unit at Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre in Bedfordshire remains open and that vulnerable children and young people are still detained there; believes that this is a continuing moral outrage, and calls on the UK Government to delay no further in honouring its promise to finally and unequivocally end the practice of child detention for immigration purposes."

You can read more about the campaign here.

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