London Mayor Sadiq Khan say he is ‘full of admiration’ for Britons who have stepped forward to house Ukrainian refugee families – but admitted he wouldn’t himself because of a ‘lack of space’.
The Mayor of London joined a huge crowd at Hyde Park for a march and vigil to send a unified message of support to the people of Ukraine this afternoon.
Speaking ahead of the demonstration, Mr Khan praised Londoners for ‘opening our arms’ to Ukraine, and said the UK should be doing ‘much more’ to aid Ukrainian refugees.
But when asked by a Sky News presenter if he would be welcoming a Ukrainian refugee to live with him, Mr Khan said he ‘personally won’t be’.
The Labour politician, who lives in Streatham, south London with his wife and two children, said the decision not to host was down to ‘a variety of reasons, those being protection, security and a lack of space.’
But Mr Khan said Londoners were ‘going above and beyond’ to help, not just donating money to charities but also by opening their homes to those arriving.
‘I’ve been incredibly proud of the actions of Londoners over the last few days and weeks, and what’s clear is that we’ve been sending a message that is loud and clear that refugees are welcome here,’ he added.
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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Jacob Thorburn and William Cole