'So much for a warm welcome': MP's angry outburst over Afghan evacuees denied nappies and milk

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Watch: MP's angry outburst over Afghan babies denied nappies and milk

A Labour MP has hit out at "appalling" and "inhumane" conditions being endured by her constituents following their evacuation from Afghanistan

Ellie Reeves, the MP for Lewisham West & Penge in London, as well as shadow solicitor general, said the five British nationals had endured "degrading" treatment in quarantine hotels that included being deprived of nappies and baby milk. 

Speaking in the Commons, Reeves said the treatment endured by her constituents was far from the so-called 'Operation Warm Welcome' promised by Boris Johnson.

In a series of tweets shared along with a video of her comments to fellow MPs, Reeves said: "Several of my constituents got evacuated from Kabul along with their dependent children.

"The Government calls it operation Warm Welcome but the reality could not be further from that."

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She said in the past few weeks she had dealt with "inhumane and degrading treatment at quarantine hotels", as well as having to work to prevent families from becoming homeless because the local council and the Home Office "couldn't decide" whose duty it was to house them. 

Reeves said providing basics such as nappies, baby milk and clothes had only been made possible because of the local community and local food bank, adding that traumatised and vulnerable children had endured "appalling conditions" whilst in temporary accommodation. 

"To say I am angry doesn’t even come close," she added. "I will not stop until those who have fled unimaginable atrocity are given the warm welcome they deserve."

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The situation Reeves describes comes in stark contrast to the "warm welcome" promised by the prime minister just weeks ago, when he said work was under way to ensure those who arrived in the UK from Afghanistan would be supported. 

In a government release at the end of August, it was announced that 'Operation Warm Welcome' would be overseen by Victoria Atkins in the new role of minister for Afghan resettlement.

At the time, Johnson said: "For those who have left their homes with no more than a small bag of belongings, and in fear for their lives, coming to the UK will no doubt have been a daunting experience, but also one of hope for the future.

"I am determined that we welcome them with open arms and that my government puts in place the support they need to rebuild their lives. We will never forget the brave sacrifice made by Afghans who chose to work with us, at great risk to themselves. We owe them, and their families, a huge debt."

The announcement said support for families arriving from Afghanistan would be similar to the Syrian Resettlement Programme and make sure that those who had worked with the British military and UK government in Afghanistan get the health, education, support into employment and accommodation they need.

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