Faith leaders urge PM not to ‘close the door’ on refugees

Today, 1000+ faith leaders have written to the Prime Minister urging him not to ‘close the door’ on refugees and people seeking sanctuary. The letter has been signed by senior and grassroots representatives from the six major faiths in the UK, including Revd Dr Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury, Zara Mohammed – Secretary-General of the Muslim Council of Britain, Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg, senior Rabbi in Masorti Judaism, alongside senior Sikh, Hindu and Buddhist representatives.

There’s been some great coverage, in The GuardianThe Telegraph and an op-ed from Revd Dr Rowan Williams in The Times Red Box.

How can you get involved?

–       Tweet the letter to @BorisJohnson, to tell him why he should listen to 1000+ faith leaders calling him to action on the Bill, using #FaithsSpeakOut and #TogetherWithRefugees . You can download graphics to share here.

–       Faith leaders in Manchester will be gathering in St Peter’s Square, and livestreaming their call to action on the Prime Minister.

–       In London, groups will be heading down to Parliament Square with our letter. Keep an eye out on @publicissues for pictures.  

–       Write a letter to the editor of your local paper, and write to your MP. You can find our top tips for both of these actions here.

We hope that today’s letter forms part of the call on the government to take this opportunity to make urgent changes to the Bill, and to re-open the door to people who desperately need our support.