Theresa May Set To Avoid Lords Defeat After Concessions On Child Refugees

Until the ministerial shift, crossbenchers, Labour, Lib Dems and Tories were all set to mobilise for another possible landmark Government defeat on the issue, just months after Cameron was forced by Parliament to take in vulnerable youngsters.

But the 84-year-old peer, who was himself rescued from the Nazis by a scheme to help Jewish refugee children, has now decided that the promised review adopts nearly all of his own amendment’s proposals.

Lord Dubs has had private bilateral meetings with Home Office Minister Baroness Williams and is understood to have received reassurances that the new strategy will be in place by next spring.

A crucial Government concession went even further than the new Dubs amendment, promising “plans to increase the number of foster carers” and fresh proposals to fund “supported lodgings” for young people.

More than 300 refugee children are reported to have arrived in the UK since the ‘Jungle’ camp in Calais was demolished and a more are expected in coming weeks.

Campaigners said that the Government concession was in marked contrast to media stories about a handful of migrants who were claimed to be adults posing as minors.

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