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Archbishop of York calls for UK leadership in Iraq

Archbishop of York
The Archbishop of York Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA

The Archbishop of York has called upon the UK Government to show leadership both internationally and domestically to support those suffering from the "daily unfolding horrors in Iraq."

Writing on his website, Dr. John Sentamu urged the Government to use its membership of the UN Security Council to support calls for the creation of safe havens and to follow the Governments of France, Germany and Australia in offering asylum to those being persecuted.

His comments follow United Nations reports that 670 people were executed by ISIL in the city of Mosul, the worst recorded massacre committed by the Salafi-Jihadist group.

He also spoke of writing privately to the Prime Minister and "thanking him for the commitment of humanitarian aid committed by the Government to the situation in Iraq".

Internationally the Government must take a lead in its role on the UN Security Council to support calls from the United Nation’s own committees for the creation of a “safe zone” in Iraq, enforced by UN peacekeepers, to protect the country’s minorities. As a member of the Security Council the Government has voice and a chance to act. It is essential that they not only take the opportunity to do so but show leadership by encouraging others nation states to do the same.

Domestically the time has come for the Government to show leadership in offering asylum to those at risk of persecution. Other countries have acted already. France, Germany and Australia have already acted. The Government must show that it has the courage to offer sanctuary to the suffering and to demonstrate that right policies triumph over political calculations.

The time for hard hitting speeches and condemnation has passed. What is required now is action to protect those at risk from slaughter.

I will continue my vigil for peace at York Minster throughout the week. I invite all people to continue to pray for peace and our world leaders to become instruments of peace.

– The Archibishop of York

The Archibishop's full statement can be read on his website: Click here.

A1 closures and road works: when and where

A1M junction 59 to 60, Newton Aycliffe to Bradbury, County Durham: Bridge repair - Lane 1 and 2 will be closed in both directions every night between 8pm and 6am until 1 September.

A1M junction 61, Bowburn, Durham, County Durham: Improvement work - Phases of closures will be in place on the interchange between 8pm and 6am from 4 August to 10 September between Mondays and Fridays.

A1M junction 63 Interchange, Chester-le-Street, County Durham: Improvement work - Lane closures will be in place on the southbound exit slip road and circulatory nightly between 8pm and 6am until late November.

A1 Junction 56 to Junction 51, North Yorkshire: Motorway upgrade work - Various lane closures will be in place between Junction 51 and 56 north and southbound from 8pm to 6am until 31 August.

A1 Allerdene Bridge, Team Valley, Newcastle/Gateshead Western Bypass: Bridge work - Lane 1 will be closed each Saturday night between 11pm and 9am until 28 September.

A1 Coal House Interchange, Newcastle/Gateshead Western Bypass: Improvement works - Lane closures on the interchange and slip roads will be in place north and southbound between 8pm and 6am in ongoing phases until end of November 2014.

A1 Coal House to Swalwell Interchanges, Newcastle/Gateshead Western Bypass: Major upgrading work - There will be north and southbound carriageway closures in place between 8pm and 6am from 26 August for 9 nights.

A1 Clifton to Shotton, Morpeth, Northumberland: Horticultural work - Lane 2 will be closed north and southbound between 8pm and 6am overnight 28 and 29 August.

A1 Dunston to Metro Centre Interchange, Newcastle/Gateshead Western Bypass: Overhead message sign repair work - Lane 1 and the dedicated lane will be closed northbound between 6am and 9am Saturday 30 August.

A1 Scremerston to Denwick, Alnwick, Northumberland: Lining work - Night time convoy working will be in place between 8pm and 6am with a 40mph and 10mph speed restriction.

A1 Newton on the Moor, Alnwick, Northumberland: Kerb replacement work - Lane 1 southbound will be closed daily between 8am and 6pm until 12 September.

A1 Seaton Burn Interchange, Cramlington, Northumberland: Junction improvement work - Works to improve the interchange will be ongoing until December. Phases of night time lane closures and some slip road closures will be in place between 8pm and 6am.

A1 Warreners House, Morpeth, Northumberland: Resurfacing and road marking work - Convoy working will be in place overnight 8pm to 6am 26 August to 2 September. The entry slip lane will be closed with diversion in place, 40mph and 10mph speed restrictions apply.

For further details of diversions, visit the Highways Agency website: Click here

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