Government's death sentence to Iraqi employees

Commenting on the Written Ministerial Statement on IRAQ: ASSISTANCE TO LOCALLY EMPLOYED STAFF, Liberal Democrat Shadow International Development Secretary, Lynne Featherstone MP said:

“British forces lives have dependant on the intelligence and work of these Iraqis- the least we can do is repay the favour.

“The Government is treating these people like they are applying for means tested benefit- not like people who are fleeing for their lives.

“The 12 months service eligibility criteria is ridiculous. Assessed risk, rather than length of service, should be the main criterion for granting asylum or resettlement packages. The death squads in Iraq don’t stop to ask how long interpreters served for us, so why are we?

“To exclude those who worked for British authorities before 2005 and for less than 12 months is unforgivable. This is simply not good enough.