When I met four Ukrainian constituents on Friday, they described how grateful they were for this support from the Ipswich community, and particularly the Polish community in the Town. I am very pleased to support Ipswich resident Magda Chambers, who has raised over £8,000 to support Ukrainian refugees, with donations being driven across the Ukrainian border in lorries today and throughout this week.
My constituent Olena told me about her family, in Kharkiv, Eastern Ukraine, which is encircled by Russian forces. I asked the Home Office today about how we can help her family members, and other like them, who are currently in a warzone. I asked about a way to get refugees to safety which does not rely on offers from Putin, for a humanitarian which takes evacuees to Russia or to Belarus.
I also asked, on behalf of my constituent Viktoria, whether the family visa scheme is transferrable to others if one of the family members who is eligible doesn’t want to take the opportunity, so we can help those desperately in need of a safe passage out of the warzone.
I know I speak for my constituents when I say we want to help those fleeing Ukraine, and I am pleased to support the efforts and generosity that my constituents have shown towards the people of Ukraine.