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Crisis response

Nicola Sturgeon, Scottish first minister, offers to take in Syrian refugees

By WITW Staff on September 8, 2015

Amid the growing debate in the U.K. over what the kingdom should do to help refugees fleeing violence in Syria and other parts of the Middle East, Nicola Sturgeon, first minister of Scotland, and Yvette Cooper, a Labour Party member of parliament, have offered to open their homes to refugees. “I’ve been overwhelmed myself with messages from people across Scotland saying they personally would be happy to give a home temporarily, or for a longer period of time, to somebody fleeing Syria,” Sturgeon said over the weekend when asked about personally providing shelter. “Yes, I would be absolutely happy to do that as part of a bigger, wider, organized approach.” Cooper also said in an interview that she and her husband would open their home to a refugee family “if that’s what it took.” Thousands in Britain have echoed the sentiments of Sturgeon and Cooper. British P.M. David Cameron has pledged that the U.K. will take in 20,000 refugees over the next five years, saying the total number is likely to be above that. Some have said the U.K. should take in as many as 50,000 refugees.

Sturgeon, the first woman to lead the Scottish National Party, also made headlines on Tuesday in an interview with Vogue in which she remarked that she’s often subject to “hideous” and “cruel” comments about her looks every time she appears on television. “Literally every time I’m on camera,” Sturgeon said, “as well as there being commentary on what I’ve said, there’ll be commentary on what my hair looked like, what I wear.”

Read the full story at The Guardian.

Nicola Sturgeon will appear at the Women in the World London Summit, October 8-9.