Pick of the Week: No mercy from Nigel Farage

Farage told LBC that the UK could not afford to show compassion to Muslim refugees
Farage told LBC that the UK could not afford to show compassion to Muslim refugees
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A chance for you to catch up on our top stories of the week.

Five: Tory MP urges David Cameron to ignore 'emotional craving' to help refugees

In fifth place this week is our report on comments made by the Conservative MP Philip Davies in which he claimed Syrian refugees could "not be made safer" by allowing them into the UK. Davies urged the prime minister to base his decisions on this issue on "common sense" and not an "emotional craving to be seen as compassionate".


Four: The deportation game: What happens when refugees turn 18?

Our next piece examines claims by Paddy Ashdown that Syrian children who are brought to the UK under Cameron's refugee programme will be deported when they turn 18. He wasn't quite right on this, but it did raise the important issue of how Britain treats young refugees, something which is rarely discussed.

Three: No, Yvette Cooper is not about to win the Labour leadership

In third place we ask if Yvette Cooper could really win the Labour leadership contest. Despite talk of a surprise win for Cooper it is still looking far more likely that Jeremy Corbyn will emerge as the next leader of the Labour party with all the polls still showing him well ahead.                                                             

TwoThe man who made Ireland fall in love with drug law reform

This is a piece by the campaign director for Cista, Britain's first cannabis reform party. He writes about the politician who could be the catalyst for drug reform in Ireland. Aodhan O'Riordain wants to decriminalise the use of hard and soft drugs and instead focus on better addiction services and so far he has received little opposition.

One: Nigel Farage: We can't risk showing compassion to Muslim refugees

In the top spot this week is our report on comments made by Nigel Farage. The Ukip leader told LBC that Europe cannot afford to show compassion to people fleeing from Muslim countries because some of them could be terrorists. Farage said the shocking picture showing the body of Aylan Kurdi washed up on a beach has made him "feel horrible" but insisted the UK could not afford to show too much compassion.

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