As part of a series of special reports on Syrian refugees, Hannah McNulty has been looking at some of the work volunteers are doing to help them adjust to life in Cumbria
Shireen, 21, moved to Carlisle with her mother but was forced to leave the rest of her family behind in Syria.Read the full story ›
In the second part of our series, we met Sameer Al Assad who spent several years in a refugee camp with his wife and three children.Read the full story ›
In the first of the series, meet Walaa who left Syria with her family when war broke out.Read the full story ›
An estimated 5.7 million people have fled the Syria, according to the United Nations.Read the full story ›
Cumbria County Council is today expected to approve plans to take in 300 Syrian refugees.
Their original commitment to take in families from the war-torn country was delayed by last year's floods.
Local authorities have confirmed their commitment to homing Syrian refugees and they could arrive in Cumbria by spring next year.Read the full story ›
SNP MP Richard Arkless yesterday voted against David Cameron’s proposals for military escalation, including airstrikes, in Syria.
The House of Commons debated the subject for over 10 hours during the course of Wednesday and in the final vote MPs voted to support air strikes over Syria by 397 votes to 223.
Mr. Arkless said:
The Prime Minister did not make a convincing case for air strikes and I was proud to add my name to the cross-party amendment calling for the government to support a political solution rather than a military response to the situation in Syria.
The SNP has always taken the position that we would not support the extension of military action in Syria if the Prime Minister failed to answer the key questions posed to him by the Foreign Affairs Select Committee. By a majority, the committee found that he had not addressed these concerns.
This issue has been hugely emotive for my constituents and over the last week I have been overwhelmed with letters, emails, telephone calls and messages from people all over Dumfries and Galloway expressing their concerns about military action in Syria. It was very clear to me that the vast majority of people wanted me to vote against the strikes and I support them in this view. Over 96% of the constituents who contacted me asked me to vote against air strikes and having looked at all the evidence, that is what I decided to do.
Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron says voting in favour of air strikes against so-called IS targets in Syria is the toughest decision he's ever had to take.
The Westmorland and Lonsdale MP released this video, explaining his decision:
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In Cumbria four MPs have voted in favour of air strikes against so-called IS targets in Syria, while one MP voted against.
In the south of Scotland, two MPs voted against air strikes, while one MP voted in favour: