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Photo opportunity: Tory MP Glyn Davies poses with some of the people who may have been uprooted from their homes and country because he voted to support airstrikes there [Image: County Times].

Glyn Davies has no reason to be proud of Powys County Council’s support for Syrian refugees – for all he knows, it was his vote to bomb their country that caused them to come here at all.

Mr Davies was one of 397 MPs who voted to support “military action, specifically airstrikes, exclusively against ISIL in Syria” on December 2, 2015.

The strikes may have been aimed at terrorists but these things have a tendency to produce knock-on effects. Refugees arrived in the UK as a result of the ongoing conflict in that country – a conflict in which, thanks to Mr Davies’ vote, the UK has been a willing participant.

And then he turned up at the Royal Welsh Showground, speechifying about how great it is that we are providing new homes for people we uprooted from theirs in the first place.

I don’t think it is any cause for pride. I think it may be simply what we owe them.

Powys politicians are proud to be supporting former Syrian refugee families, who are starting new lives here in Mid Wales.

On Monday, August 14, 150 Syrian people came together at Llanelwedd for a picnic and fun day.

The event, hosted on the Royal Welsh Showground and organised by Powys County Council Housing Service, was an opportunity for the families to meet each other and to share their experiences.

Glyn Davies, MP for Montgomeryshire, congratulated Powys County Council on its inspiring work to resettle Syrian refugees in Newtown and elsewhere within the county.

Glyn Davies MP said: “I feel proud of our county council’s commitment to the resettlement of Syrian refugees who have been accepted into the UK, following the devastating conflict in the Middle East.”

Read more if you can bear it: Powys proud to be helping former refugees from Syria


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