This week Yvette Cooper was taken to task by Nick Ferrari on LBC over her refugee pledge. Although the former Labour MP had declared that she would be happy to house refugees in her own property, it turns out that she hasn’t actually done so:
NF: Have you taken yours yet Yvette?
YC: No that’s what I said, because the government has said…
In the interest of fairness, Mr S thought it best to check in with another politician who had pledged to take in refugees. Step forward Nicola Sturgeon. Back in September, the SNP leader said she would be ‘more than happy’ to take in refugees into her own home.
‘Yes, I would be absolutely happy to do that as part of a bigger, wider, organised approach.’
While a spokesman for Sturgeon said there was no update on this two weeks after her pledge, with 26 weeks gone since her comments Mr S thought she must be making good progress. Alas, Sturgeon — like Cooper — is yet to do as she previously suggested. ‘The situation is indeed as previously indicated,’ Sturgeon’s spokesman says.
At least Sturgeon can take comfort that she is not alone here, with both Sir Bob Geldof and Stan Collymore thought not to have taken refugees despite their own promises. In fact, even the Archbishop of Canterbury is yet to house a refugee family despite pledging to let them stay in a cottage on the grounds of Lambeth palace. However, a Lambeth Palace spokesman says that they ‘hope to have an update soon’ and insist that the offer ‘still stands’.
Should Mr S assume that the same can’t be said for Sturgeon and Cooper?