The situation in Ukraine is deeply concerning and I join Wealden residents in being utterly appalled by the actions of Putin’s regime and horrified by what is unfolding in Europe.
We stand shoulder to shoulder with Ukraine and are supporting them in their defence against Putin’s unprovoked and illegal invasion. The UK has now donated over 300,000 vital medical supplies to Ukraine after another plane flew out 3 March.
On 21 March, the UK supplied over 3.7 million items of medical supplies to Ukraine – including 300,000 sterile needles, 32,000 bandages, 160,000 wound packs, and 220,000 packs of medicine – with the eleventh flight of humanitarian aid leaving from Heathrow.
At the NATO and G7 Leaders’ meeting on 24 March, the Prime Minister announced that the UK was providing an additional 6,000 anti-tank missiles and £25 million for the Ukrainian military – more than doubling the defensive lethal aid we are providing to more than 10,000 missiles, on top of our £400 million in humanitarian and economic aid to Ukraine.
Homes for Ukraine
The Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, Michael Gove, has today launched a webpage for sponsors to record their interest, ahead of Phase One of the scheme opening for applications this Friday, 18 March.
The Homes for Ukraine scheme will allow individuals, charities, community groups and businesses in the UK to bring Ukrainians to safety – including those with no family ties to the UK.
Phase One of the scheme will allow sponsors in the UK to nominate a named Ukrainian or a named Ukrainian family to stay with them in their home or in a separate property.
Record your interest on the Homes for Ukraine webpage.
Make a donation
If you'd like to help, please focus your donations and support via the approved Disasters Emergency Fund. Donations of all sizes are welcome, and the Government has pledged to match pound-for-pound the first £20 million donated to this appeal. You can donate here.
For more information on what you can do to help, please click here.
Information from East Sussex County Council
According to the latest figures on 6 May 2022, more than 300 Ukrainian refugees have now arrived in East Sussex, with 137 in Wealden. There are over 500 expected arrivals to Wealden, which is the most in any district of East Sussex and twice as many as any other constituency in the county.
The East Sussex County Council has published a Welcome to East Sussex guide, which is available in full Ukrainian translation here.
For any questions, hosts and guests can contact the Council by email email@example.com or telephone helpline 01323 724748
Guests can arrange for their £200 cash welcome payment (and four free weeks of travel on Stagecoach buses) by contacting their local voluntary association:
- In Eastbourne, Lewes or Wealden - contact 01323 639373
- In Hastings - contact 01424 444010
- In Rother - contact 01424 217259 or 07871 603235
I would like to thank everyone who has offered support so far. I am proud that Wealden is leading the way in providing support in East Sussex, accommodating the most arrivals in the county. It is a huge task, and I am pleased that we now have over a hundred guests in Wealden. I appreciate that the process has not been as easy as it should be. I am putting pressure on the Home Office every day and making repeated representations to ensure that we can provide Ukrainian families with a place of safety as soon as possible.
I joined colleagues in writing to the Prime Minister to ensure that the UK doesn’t fail refugees fleeing Ukraine in this crisis of war and that there is a strong package of support in place. Read the letter here.
Furthermore, the Magnitsky Sanctions APPG met with Bill Browder to keep the pressure on Government to legislate oligarch sanctions for protecting Putin's money in the UK & review ‘Golden Visas’ for Russians connected to Putin.
There will be a debate in the House of Commons on Monday 7 March on the emergency Economic Crime (Transparency and Enforcement) Bill. I have been working with colleagues on a series of amendments to ensure that our laws are as tight as they can be to ensure that Putin’s oligarchs are not washing dirty money through assets and companies set up in the UK.
The Bill, and the amendments I am proposing are available here.
We need to match our NATO & EU partners in ridding the dirty money from the UK and crack down on the Western enablers, the city firms who have set up the structures for the oligarchs. We need legislation that would require them to report to the Government the details of where assets are held by sanctioned individuals and how those assets are hidden.
As well as being your MP, I also represent the UK as a Member of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly. I attended the emergency meeting at NATO HQ last month and was steadfast in our support for Ukraine and collective sanctions on Putin and his oligarchs. I will continue to work within NATO PA to support Ukraine.
I have been inundated with correspondence from local residents offering support for the people of Ukraine. I would like to thank all those who have offered support so far. I will continue to work with the Government and Wealden Council to do all we can.
I am grateful to all Wealden residents, community leaders and councillors who have been in touch. I am proud to represent a constituency where local residents want to help as much as they can. I will do my best to help too.