09:37AM, Wednesday 26 October 2016
A councillor is at Gatwick Airport today preparing to meet Syrian refugees who are set to be resettled in the Royal Borough.
David Coppinger, the borough's cabinet member for health and adult services, said the council was 'doing the right thing quietly' as he publicly announced he was at the airport on Twitter.
He added 'they [the refugees] need time and support not media pressure'.
In a statement, the borough said it is taking in four children under the Syrian resettlement programme and has committed to house another eight Syrian refugee families.
It added: "We are not able to take further people at this point."
At Gatwick to meet refugees and welcome them to RBWM. Doing the right thing but quietly. They need time and support not media pressure. pic.twitter.com/G7PYkpP3bT— David Coppinger (@coppingerdm) October 26, 2016
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