Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

North Councillor: Join Us on Calais Aid Convoy

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

North Councillor: Join Us on Calais Aid Convoy

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Byline: Rachel Wearmouth Regional Affairs Reporter

ACITY councillor has called on members of the public to drive cars filled with food and clothes to Calais as Europe's migrant crisis continues.

And a protest rally in Newcastle on Saturday will call on the Government to accept more refugees.

David Cameron is reportedly willing to accept 15,000 refugees, and Home Secretary Theresa May will meet with other EU leaders next Monday - but Newcastle Unites protestors say the UK Government must show a more "humanitarian and compassionate response" to the crisis.

Newcastle councillor Dipu Ahad, meanwhile, is appealing for people to drive cars filled with aid to France on Saturday, October 17 to help families camping there.

He also says Newcastle United FC should be following the example of clubs like Real Madrid, who will donate PS1m to help refugees, and Bayern Munich and Celtic, who are offering support.

The demonstration, jointly organised by Unite Against Fascism, Newcastle Unites and Newcastle Stop the War Coalition, will assemble at the Centre for Life at 10am on Saturday.

In a statement organisers said: "The government response to this has been disgraceful.

"We must learn the lessons of history and call on the government to take a humanitarian and compassionate response to refugees, and to meet its share of the responsibility for providing protection."

The rally takes place ahead of a city meeting at Newcastle Civic Centre on Saturday at 11am.

Daniel Kebede, a teacher from Wallsend, is North East regional coordinator for Unite Against Fascism. He added: "This refugee crisis is horrific and the reaction by the government has been terrible."

Coun Ahad said Newcastle United must respond as the city's football club. "Newcastle United is a club close to our hearts and we really want them to put their hand in their pocket and help refugees," he said.

He also called on people to join him, Northumberland councillor Laura Pidcock, Newcastle councillor Mick Bowman and others travelling to Calais on October 17. …

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