ES Views: EU workers are vital in so many areas of British life

Hear our voices: protesters supporting migrant-worker rights gather outside Parliament

The Government urgently needs to rein in its attempts to use the thousands of EU citizens living in London as bargaining chips in the Brexit negotiations.

People who come from elsewhere in the EU make a huge contribution to our economy and society. Recent figures have shown EU citizens across London include 3,054 doctors, 18,383 nurses and 5,388 working in social care. Our local NHS and care services in London would struggle to cope if these people left. The stark truth is you can’t have a hard Brexit and a strong NHS.

This week Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords voted to guarantee the right of EU citizens to remain in the UK. This will give Theresa May a chance to reconsider her shameful stance. The ball is now in the court of Conservative MPs to do the right thing.

We must secure the future of the millions of people currently held in limbo by this Government and stand up for a London that is open, tolerant and united.
Amna Ahmad, Lib-Dem parliamentary candidate for Sutton and Cheam

At present, citizens from EU countries living in the UK face an uncertain future. Many are doctors or nurses who have given much to our country and paid taxes.

I am deeply concerned that forcing EU citizens to leave will break up families. If one’s husband or wife is from another EU country, there is no guarantee that they won’t be forced to leave.

If we are to continue to regard Britain as a civilised nation, the rights of these people must be protected.
Sally-Anne Smith

Imagine if those people from EU countries who are part of London’s workforce stopped working for a day.

Our NHS would struggle to cope, restaurants would close and our economy would be in tatters. It is essential that Theresa May secures EU citizens’ rights.

Without them we will be a lot worse off.
P Caton


Where are the prosecutions against female genital mutilation?

THE 2003 Female Genital Mutilation Act is poorly drafted and unclear but it would appear that psychiatrist Professor Veale may have been in breach of it when he authorised the removal of a consenting 33-year-old’s clitoris [“Doctor cleared over FGM says women should be free to have intimate surgery”, February 28]. It seems that the patient was in need of extensive counselling to dissuade her from going under the knife.

That said, it is a disgrace that there have to date been no prosecutions of FGM when practised without their consent on underage girls. Police have broken up many FGM parties in the UK and there have been 85 new cases of this extremely harmful ritual discovered in Tower Hamlets over the past year alone.

FGM is serious child abuse, tantamount to torture, and is rife in many parts of the UK. Alleged victims do not have to testify in court, so why have there been no prosecutions?
Vera Lustig


I'm proud of the Mayor and the UK

David Sexton’s article on Asghar Farhadi’s film The Salesman really misses the point [“So is this Iranian film really making a case for human rights?”, Comment, March 1].

As a British Iranian I was delighted to see Mayor Sadiq Khan making a point of arranging for an Oscar-winning Iranian film to be shown in Trafalgar Square, which was screened on Sunday night.

This was a timely gesture of solidarity and humanity, especially against the blanket travel ban imposed by President Trump against tens of thousands of people, including myself.

I am grateful for the humanity of Londoners and the Mayor for showing this film in public. I have never had such a feeling of pride for the UK as I do now.
Dr Farid Fahid

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Where are Leyton Orient's local fans?

Leyton Orient are facing a winding-up order over a £250,000 tax bill. But where are the local fans who could help save the club? If another foreign owner uses his money to bail the club out, would the same people protest against it?
Pedro Muchanga


Fulham and Leyton Orient may be London’s oldest Football League clubs but they are not the oldest football clubs in London [March 1]. That distinction goes to Cray Wanderers FC, an Isthmian South League team founded in 1860 and originating from the villages of St Paul’s and St Mary Cray, near Orpington.
John McArthur

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