Yvette Cooper Hasn't Taken In Refugees Yet - Why?

10 June 2016, 09:05 | Updated: 3 August 2016, 12:33

Yvette Cooper

Nick Ferrari grilled Yvette Cooper live on LBC this morning on why she hasn't taken in a Syrian refugee.

During the Labour leadership contest, Ms Cooper said she would help in any way that she could, including taking in a refugee.

But appearing on LBC to discuss the EU referendum, she told Nick Ferrari that she hadn't invited one into her spare room yet, as none had arrived in her area yet.

When asked if she had taken in a Syrian family yet, she told LBC: "No. And how much do you know about what's happening with the Syrian refugees scheme?

"There are about 2,000 people that the government were aiming to take this year. In our area in Wakefield District, so far, no families have arrived.

"We're expecting the first two families to arrive in Wakefield and the government have said they have got the accommodation in place for those families.

"At the moment, they have said they don't want to put people into people's private houses. That's what the government has said."

That led Nick to enquire: "So the offer is withdrawn Yvette Cooper?"

She responded: "I said, as many of us have said we would help if that's what's needed. But the government has said that's not what's needed because at the moment, they have not brought very many families over.

"What we've got to do is support the scheme and support the people who are coming over to Britain and make sure they are safe."