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CAMBRIDGE CITY COUNCIL PASSES MOTION ON ENDING OF INDEFINITE DETENTION

Great news! A member of our Cambridge City of Sanctuary Faiths group contacted us in December to tell us that Manchester City Council had just passed a motion calling on the Government to end indefinite detention. We contacted two City Councillors, Oscar Gillespie and Donald Adey, who brought the motion to our own Cambridge City Council on 19th April.

IT WAS PASSED UNANIMOUSLY!


The motion, under the title “These Walls Must Fall” is as follows:

This Council believes that the UK’s immigration detention system is not fit for purpose and the Government must end indefinite detention.
Therefore, this Council:
• Endorses the These Walls Must Fall Campaign and the declaration.

• Calls on the Government to implement the recommendations of the All Party Parliamentary Inquiry into detention.

• Asks our local MPs to support the spirit of the motion, to raise the matter in the House of Commons, and to support changes in current laws and procedures to introduce alternatives to detention.

• Seeks further support for the motion via the Local Government Association, and by encouraging other Councils in the UK to show their support on this issue.


This is an excellent example of how a grassroots movement like ours can effect policy. To learn more about “These Walls Must Fall” campaign see
https://detention.org.uk/. Please keep your ideas coming, and don’t forget to tell us about any events or activities.