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Saturday, September 05, 2015
REVEALED: The Cabinet ministers whose constituencies house NO refugees… including Cameron
David Cameron has NO refugees in his Witney constituency in Oxfordshire
The Prime Minister's leafy Oxfordshire home is one of 16 upmarket constituencies represented by Cabinet ministers that house just 24 refugees between them, despite the ongoing migrant crisis gripping Europe.
Five of Mr Cameron's trusted inner circle do not have a single asylum seeker living in their local area, with just one senior minister representing an area where more than 100 refugees have been given sanctuary.
This week Mr Cameron announced plans for Britain to take "thousands more" refugees from Syria after coming under intense pressure over his handling of their plight.
But now it has emerged that his Conservative ministers' exclusive constituencies are likely to be shielded from the influx of refugees seeking asylum in Britain.
Figures seen by Express.co.uk reveal that the Prime Minister's Witney constituency in Oxfordshire has not housed a single asylum seeker since 2008.
This is despite 5,000 Syrian refugees having already been welcomed by Britain since their country's bloody civil war began in 2011.
Chancellor George Osborne's constituency of Tatton, in Cheshire, is home to just one refugee whilst Windsor and Maidenhead, represented by Home Secretary Theresa May, houses a mere four.
Labour MP Simon Danczuk [GETTY]
The revelations prompted accusations that senior Cabinet ministers are preaching about a "moral duty" to house desperate refugees, while living in areas that will not be affected by their actions.
Labour MP Simon Danczuk, whose Rochdale constituency is having to cope with the strain of more than 1,000 asylum seekers, said: "For years the town has been used as a dumping ground for vulnerable people that other towns don’t want to deal with.
"David Cameron talks of honouring our 'moral responsibilities' but even in times of crisis his constituency does not provide shelter to a single asylum seeker.
"This unequal distribution is neither fair nor sustainable and needs to be addressed."
David Cameron talks of honouring our 'moral responsibilities' but even in times of crisis his constituency does not provide shelter to a single asylum seeker.
Labour MP Simon Danczuk
Government statistics show that 2,784 people were granted asylum in Britain between January and March this year.
Of those, 491 were placed in Cabinet constituencies, with more than two-thirds of that number in Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Iain Duncan Smith's Chingford and Woodford Green constituency in north London alone.
The remaining 22 members of Cabinet accounted for just 147 asylum seekers between them.
Amongst those top-level Government figures whose constituencies are not home to a single refugee are Defence Secretary Michael Fallon, Education Secretary Greg Clarke and Mr Cameron's close friend Oliver Letwin.
Mr Fallon has previously described Britain as being "swamped" by asylum seekers.
GETTY Only 491 refugees were placed in the constituencies of Cabinet ministers
AP The Prime Minister has promised Britain will take in 'thousands more' refugees from Syria
The statistics relate to the number of asylum seekers claiming Section 95 financial help - which is only available to refugees - in each local council area.
In reality many of the ministers' constituencies may be housing even fewer asylum seekers than stated, because constituency boundaries often overlap several local authorities.
Labour MP for Newport West, Paul Flynn, accused the Prime Minister and his cabinet of "avoiding their responsibilities".
He said: "Cameron's response to the crisis has been heartless. A fresh policy is needed which will expand the number of dispersal areas and fairly distribute asylum seekers throughout the country."
In a written response to him, the Prime Minister said that the current system of distributing refugees was brought in by the last Labour government.
He wrote: "Asylum seekers are housed where there is available and appropriate accommodation, based on voluntary agreements between Government and participating local authorities.
"The legislation was introduced to relieve the pressures on local authorities in the South East of England which had previously shouldered a disproportionate number of asylum seekers given their proximity to the main ports of entry."
Number of asylum seekers living in Cabinet ministers' constituencies
David Cameron, Witney constituency: 0 asylum seekers claiming Section 95 financial help between January and March this year.
George Osborne, Tatton: 0
Theresa May, Maidenhead: 4
Philip Hammond, Runnymede and Weybridge: 2
Michael Gove, Surrey Heath: 2
Michael Fallon, Sevenoaks: 0
Sajid Javid, Bromsgrove: 1
IDS, Chingford and Woodford Green: 344
Jeremy Hunt, South West Surrey: 2
Greg Clarke, Tunbridge Wells: 0
Nicky Morgan, Loughborough: 2
Justine Greening, Putney, Roehampton and Southfields: 39
Amber Rudd, Hastings and Rye: 70
Patrick McLoughlin, Derbyshire Dales: 1
David Mundell, Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale: 4