A senior Conservative MP has said her party must work hard not to appear like it “knows the the price of everything and the value of nothing” after the government decided to wind down the Dubs scheme rescuing child refugees in Europe.
Nicky Morgan, the former education secretary and persistent critic of the government over its approach to Brexit, said the party could lose support at the next election if cumulative decisions made the government appear to be lacking empathy and compassion.
Ministers last week announced the Dubs scheme would end after taking 350 child refugees, despite the suggestion when it was introduced that up to 3,000 would be rescued.
It prompted criticism from Justin Welby, the archbishop of Canterbury, and opposition politicians, with Nicola Sturgeon, the first minister of Scotland, saying the closure of the scheme was a “clear dereliction of the UK’s moral and global duty”.
A number of prominent Tories have also said they will fight against the entry route being shut down, as it is the only path to the UK for stranded unaccompanied children in mainland Europe who do not already have a family link to Britain.
Writing for the ConservativeHome website, Morgan highlighted correspondence from a constituent who said he could no longer support a party that seems “hellbent on completely destroying, our relationship with our mainland European neighbours, on driving the NHS onto the rocks (or into the private sector?) and on closing our doors to…