Earlier today I met with Ministers and staff – Panna and Abigail, who do such inspirational work- at The Salvation Army in Ilford.

We had a long and often heartbreaking conversation about the plight of refugees and many with no recourse to public funds, living in Ilford. The work that the Salvation Army does is tremendous and sadly is all too needed – the compassion and open heartedness to those who have fled often horrific circumstances such as war and conflict, to trafficking and abuse, really gladdened my heart.

My office often works with the Salvation Army to intervene and support people with challenging immigration issues, and I pledged to look at how we further work together and support their efforts, including when they restart the night shelter projects for rough sleepers, and meet with refugees first hand to hear their stories and offer my support.