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Advertiser letters: Wapping marathon and refugees

PUBLISHED: 08:00 10 March 2018

Spectators cheering Mo Farah and Callum Hawkins. Picture: IAN WALTON

Spectators cheering Mo Farah and Callum Hawkins. Picture: IAN WALTON

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Letters, contributions and comments sent in to the Advertiser this week.

Road closure unhappiness

Ann Rush, Lilley Close, Wapping, writes:

Once again the people of Wapping suffered because some people believe they have a divine right to close our streets during Mayor Khan’s half marathon at the weekend.

They were given permission by a London mayor who seems to believe that shutting Wapping without any consultation is a contributory factor in creating a wonderful multicultural feast.

We had a mile and a half of roads in Wapping with signs telling people not to park their car where they are legally parked.

Where can the residents park their cars legally when the mayor has decided to shut all our overcrowded streets and stop anyone parking in their own street that they pay to park on?

Wapping has had enough shutdowns Mr Khan?

• Did you enjoy the half marathon?

Email group editor michael.adkins@archant.co.uk with your views or write to Michael Adkins, Archant, 7th floor Maritime House, 1 Linton Road, Barking, IG11 8HG.

Urge your MP to help refugees

Annabel Lear and Rebecca Olsson, presidents, STAR (Student Action for Refugees), Queen Mary University of London, write:

As local students we wish to encourage our MPs to attend an important debate in parliament which could transform the lives of refugees who have sought protection in this country.

Many of your readers will be aware of the vast humanitarian crisis which has forcibly displaced almost 66 million people around the world. Less well known are the UK’s restrictive rules on refugee family reunion.

Currently, family reunion for adult refugees is limited to their partner and children under the age of 18. For child refugees there is no right to bring any family members to the UK.

STAR, is part of a coalition asking MPs of all parties to take the chance to change this.

On Friday, March 16 a Bill will come before parliament which could give refugee children the right to be reunited with their parents. Today we say directly to – Rushanara Ali and Jim Fitzpatrick – please attend the debate in parliament and back this Bill.

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