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Paddy Ashdown: PM 'failed morally' with refugee plan

The former leader of the Liberal Democrats has branded the Prime Minister's response to the refugee crisis in Syria as a "diversion strategy" and has said he has "failed morally".

He claimed the plans will not help a "single refugee" and fails to "pursue Britain's interests."

Looking at the plan he's now unveiled, I'm afraid this is less a plan more of a diversion strategy.

It will help no one single refugee fleeing from the Syrian battle field, it will diminish the pain of not one single refugee currently trying to get into Europe.

It's an issue where I think the Prime Minister has failed morally and failed also to pursue Britain's interests.

– Former leader of the Liberal Democrats, Paddy Ashdown

Earlier today, David Cameron said the UK will take "thousands more" Syrian refugees and pledged £100 million extra in humanitarian aid.

Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland 'stand ready' to help

Leaders of the Visegrad Group of countries express 'solidarity' with Hungary. Credit: Reuters

The leaders of the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland "stand ready" to provide assistance to Hungary, as thousands attempt to reach the EU via the country.

The prime ministers voiced support for Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and his country's handling of the crisis, following a meeting of the so-called Visegrad countries.

Hungary has been the primary entry point for refugees trying to reach the EU overland across the Balkans and has just passed stricter border control laws to stem the numbers crossing the border into the country.

Pakistani migrant dies in Hungary

Hundreds of migrants have been held at Bicske station since yesterday. Credit: Reuters

A Pakistani migrant in Hungary has died after falling on train tracks when a group of around 350 migrants escaped from a train station where they were being held by authorities, police said.

Police claim they did not chase the group and that the man collapsed about 800m from Bicske station- where a train had been held since yesterday.

State television reports say the man fell and hit his head on the tracks.


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