West Lothian Council voices unanimous support for Ukraine
West Lothian Council has expressed its full support and solidarity with the Ukrainian people following the invasion by Russia.
A motion was unanimously agreed by all elected members, expressing their horror at the invasion and calling on President Putin to respect international law, withdraw armed forces and stop any attacks on Ukraine.
West Lothian Council also agreed to welcome our share of any refugees from Ukraine who come to Scotland, with an urgent report to be brought to the Council Executive on the support available in West Lothian for Ukrainian refugees. The motion also instructed the Chief Executive to write to the Russian Ambassador to the UK and Russian Consulate in Edinburgh to state council’s abhorrence at their country’s wholly unjustified actions.
The Chief Executive will also write to: the First Minister for Scotland, stating West Lothian Council support for the Scottish and Welsh Governments to work with the Secretary State for Housing, Communities and Local Government to put in place ‘super sponsor’ scheme as soon as practicably possible, subject to appropriate safeguards; and the Home Secretary, to request they urgently revise the visa scheme to process refugee applications more quickly.