I have written to the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities to ask whether he has plans to enable community organisations, such as charities, to directly sponsor Ukrainian refugees.
The Home Secretary has opened a Ukraine Casework Hub in Parliament. This Hub gives me direct access to submitting visa applications on behalf of Bridgend residents under the Homes for Ukraine Scheme.
I attended a meeting with the Home Office to receive an update regarding Ukrainian refugees in the United Kingdom. As Ukraine continues to defend its freedom, the UK public has shown compassion and warmth in welcoming the people of Ukraine into the United Kingdom.
I welcome the UK Government’s Homes for Ukraine Scheme, which will allow individuals, charities, community groups and businesses in the UK to bring Ukrainians to safety – including those with no family ties to the UK.
This week, I signed the Book of Solidarity for Ukraine on behalf of Bridgend and Porthcawl.
This book will be sent to Ruslan Stefanchuk, Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada (Parliament of Ukraine).
Kremlin-backed hackers have long been using Ukraine as a Petri dish for cyberwar experiments. Now, as tensions on the borders are escalating, we must prepare not just for a military incursion, but for a whole new form of hybrid warfare.
Today, I attended the latest briefing held by the Foreign Secretary on the situation between Russia and Ukraine. This provided great insight into the ongoing diplomatic efforts in the region.