Caroline Flack among a host of celebrities to brand end to refugee scheme ‘shameful’

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Television presenter Caroline Flack is among a host of celebrities to have put her name to a letter calling on the prime minister not to end the Dubs scheme for vulnerable and lone child refugees.

The Norfolk star was among 200 well-known names to appear at the end of an open letter to Theresa May describing the decision as 'truly shameful'.

Artist Anthony Gormley, who lives in West Norfolk, Dr Who star and University of East Anglia graduate Matt Smith and Philip Pullman was born and bred in Norfolk, also signed the letter.

The scheme, named after its architect, Labour peer Lord Alf Dubs, will be capped once another 150 unaccompanied children are brought to Britain, on top of the 200 already in the UK, the government announced this week.

The letter, backed by Help Refugees and Citizen UK's Safe Passage programme, says it is 'completely unacceptable' to 'slam the door shut after just 350 children have reached safety'.

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'Lord Dubs was himself a child saved by Sir Nicholas Winton who rescued 669 children virtually single-handed,' it reads.

'It is embarrassing that the prime minister's entire government will not even manage to match the example set by her former constituent all those years ago, let alone the efforts of the Kindertransport movement of which he was a part which saved 10,000 children from the Nazis.'

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There has been strong criticism of the government since it announced earlier this month that it will scrap the programme for resettling lone youngsters from mainland Europe to the UK.

Although the Government had not committed to any specific number, campaigners and opposition figures have previously called for 3,000 children to be given sanctuary.

A Home Office spokesman said: 'We are not giving up on vulnerable children who are fleeing conflict and danger.

'The reality is that just in the last two weeks more than 300 refugees have arrived in the UK and around half of these were children.

'It's also a fact that more than 8,000 children found shelter, security and safety in the UK in the last year.

'And it's a further fact that this Government is committed to resettling up to 3,000 vulnerable children and their families from the Mena (Middle East and North Africa) region and 20,000 Syrian refugees by the end of this parliament.

'These are the actions of a Government determined to help the most vulnerable.'

Below is the full list of celebrities to sign the letter

Akram Khan

Alex Jennings

Alice Temperley

Amanda Craig

Amanda Jennings

Andrew O'Hagan

Anish Kapoor

Anna Maxwell Martin

Anne Fine

Anoushka Shankar

Anthony McGowan

Antonia Honeywell

Antony Gormley

Arlene Phillips

Barbara Broccoli

Beeban Kidron

Bella Freud

Ben Drew aka Plan B

Ben Whishaw

Benedict Cumberbatch

Betsy Tobin

Bill Nighy

Bill Paterson

Billy Bragg

Blake Morrison

Candy Gourlay

Carey Mulligan

Carol Drinkwater

Caroline Flack

Charlotte Gainsbourg

Charlotte Mendelson

Chris Cleave

Christina Koning

Clare Morpurgo


Daniel Hahn

David Hare

David Heyman

David Lan

David Morrissey

David Nicholls

Dawn O'Porter

Douglas Booth

Ed Simons

Ed Skrein

Edgar Wright

Edna O'Brien

Elif Shafak

Emilia Fox

Emily Eavis

Emma Freud

Emma Thompson

Esther Freud

Evie Wyld

Fiona Dunbar

Frances Thomas

Francesca Simon

Frank Cottrell Boyce

Gary Lineker

Gok Wan

Hannah Beckerman

Harriet Lane

Harriet Walter

Helen Dunmore

Helena Kennedy QC

Henry Goodman

Henry Porter

Hot Chip

Hugh Brody

Ian Rickson

Imogen Stubbs

Jack Harries

James McConnachie

Jamie Byng

Jamie Cullum

Jane Casey

Jane Harris

Jane Johnson

Jane Wellesley

Jane Wickenden

Jason Flemyng

Jason Isaacs

Jemma Redgrave

Jeremy Hardy

Jessica Fellowes

Jessie Burton

Jessie Ware

Joanna Briscoe

Joanna Trollope

Joanne Harris

Joe Wright

Joely Richardson

John McCarthy

John Wilson

Jojo Moyes

Jon Courtenay Grimwood

Jon McGregor

Jonny Lee Miller

Jude Law

Judy Astley

Julia Williams

Julie Bertagna

Juliet Stevenson

Kate Mosse

Kate Pullinger

Katharine Quarmby

Katharine Rundell

Katherine Langrish

Keira Knightley

Keren David

Kit Berry

Lauren St John

Lee Hall

Lesley Manville

Lia Williams

Lily Allen

Lily Cole

Linda Grant

Lisa Appignanesi

Liz Fremantle

Lu Hersey

Lucy Coats

Lucy Daniel Raby

Lucy Popescu

Lynda Edward

Maggie O'Farrell

Mark Rylance

Mary Hoffman

Mary Kay Wilmers

Matt Smith

Meg Rosoff

Meredith Miller

Michael Morpurgo

Michael Winterbottom

Mick Moon

Miranda Gold

Miranda Richardson

Nadifa Mohamed

Nell Leyshon

Nicci Gerrard

Nick Dewey

Nicky Matthews Browne

Nicole Farhi

Nina Killham

Noel Fielding

Noma Dumezweni

Paloma Faith

Patricia Ferguson

Patrick Gale

Paul Dowswell

Pauline Chandler

Penny Dolan

Peter Bently

Peter Bunzl

Philip Pullman

Philippa Stjernsward

Pippa Harris

Ralph Fiennes

Rebecca Abrams

Rhiannon Lassiter

Rhys Ifans

Richard Davenport-Hines

Rick Smith

Riz Ahmed

Roger Allam

Lord Richard Rogers of Riverside

Roger Protz

Rose Boyt

Rowan Coleman

Dr Rowan Williams

Ruby Wax

Ruth Negga

Ruth Rogers

Sabrina Guinness

Salley Vickers

Sam Baker

Sam Frears

Samira Osman

Sandi Toksvig

Sarah Dunant

Sarah Waters

Sonia Friedman

Sophie Dahl

Stephen Daldry

Stephen Frears

Stephen Poliakoff

Steven Knight

Tammy Cohen

Terence Blacker

Terry Stiastny

Tess Morris

Tim Piggott-Smith

Tom Odell

Tom Rowlands

Tom Stoppard

Tracey Seaward

Tracy Chevalier

Ursula Owen

Vanessa Harbour

Vicken Parsons

Vicky McClure

Zoe Wanamaker

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