Plaid Cymru hit back against Guido Fawkes claim that they don’t support refugees
Plaid Cymru have hit back against a claim by Westminster politics website Guido Fawkes that their rhetoric on refugees is undermined by their own record in local government.
The Guido Fawkes site, which is edited by Paul Staines, claimed in a blog post this week that according to official asylum and resettlement data, Plaid-led local authorities supported only five asylum seekers between the end of March 2017 and December 2021.
Of Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Anglesey and Gwynedd, only Ceredigion and Gwynedd supported two and three asylum seekers between them, the site claimed.
However, Plaid Cymru said that the figures were incorrect as they did not include resettlement data, but only those who were provided with financial and accommodation support while awaiting an asylum decision.
These people usually stay in the four asylum dispersal areas in Wales which are in Cardiff, Swansea, Newport and Wrexham, they said.
Plaid Cymru led local authorities in general have an above average resettlement rate compared to the UK as a whole, with Ceredigion having the highest resettlement rate in Wales (10 people per 10,000 population) and Carmarthenshire resettled the highest number of people in Wales (172), they added.
Dwyfor Meirionnydd MP Liz Saville Roberts highlighted what she called their “particularly good track record with resettlement” during a debate on Ukrainian refugees in Parliament yesterday.
Speaking in the House of Commons, Liz Saville Roberts pointed to the local authority data for Plaid Cymru lead local authorities and said: “This is exceptional given the rural nature of these local authorities. Ministers must outline what national support networks are there to operate beyond the south-east and beyond London.
“If we are resettling people beyond the United Kingdom then it is essential that national support is extended beyond the south-east. Plaid Cymru councils will of course play their part in the new sponsorship pathway.
“My own council Cyngor Gwynedd wrote to the Prime Minister yesterday to express the willingness of the council and people in Gwynedd to provide sanctuary for refugees as soon as possible and urged for the sponsorship pathway to replicate the arrangements that exist in Ireland, where on arrival, refugees are welcomed to comfortable processing centres where they have access to basic essentials, and children have access to a safe play area.”
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guido fawkes is a real cesspit of right wing hatefest of 2nd rate journalism, these are the slimy lowlife parasites the enablers, the echo chamber the disseminator of hate and right wing BS, ask them who funds their out pouring of hateful bile, a disgusting site run by even more disgusting lowlife scum.
Check out “Everybody in the pLace: An Incomplete History of the UK” it has a very interesting couple of minutes of scumbag Staines.
Staines is a piece of dog excrement that should be thrown into the sun. Ever since the mid-eighties, he has done everything he can to undermine democracy and human decency in the UK. He helped destroy UK Dance Music as it was in the late eighties with his vile antics and double-dealing, he took money from that creep who used to fund the scabs during the Miners Strikes, “Guido Fawkes” is a website of pure poison that has helped bring the “UK” to the very sorry state it is today….and I would be shocked if he himself has not taken… Read more »
More Tory lies….. They must be worried about the number of councillors they are about to lose.
Wow. what a surprise, extremist far right website slanders Welsh party of the left. This is my shocked face 😐
It is not a Westminster website, it is a Kremlin mouthpiece.
More lies misinformation & disinformation from the far-right English equivalent of the American Tea Party, Guido Fawkes.
Guido Fawkes is anti everything Guy Fakes stood for. Another far right Christian nosense pretending to be human. Farages friend if you like. Not how we are in Cymru