AN Oxfordshire MP has recently welcomed a large group of Ukrainian refugees to parliament.

David Johnston, MP for Didcot and Wantage, welcome the group of refugees who are living in and around Wallingford and are sponsored by local families there.

They are part of the Wishful Project, which was founded by local GP Dr Angela Adams to provide support to Ukrainian refugees in the town.

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Mr Johnston arranged for the group, accompanied by Dr Adams, to go on a tour of parliament, and afterwards met with them in Westminster Hall to catch-up and answer their questions. 

He said: “I was delighted to arrange a tour for this group. I had met many of them before in Wallingford when I visited their English lessons, and it was a pleasure to see them again.

“They have displayed remarkable bravery and I am glad they are settling in well in Wallingford.”

 Dr Adams added: “After meeting with David Johnston MP to discuss the issues affecting local Ukrainian refugees, he kindly invited us to the Houses of parliament where we met again.

“On arrival we noticed the Ukrainian flag flying opposite the Houses of Parliament. It was an amazing experience - very uplifting and symbolic for the Ukrainian refugees.

“We stood in the House of Commons and heard how President Zelensky gave his speech via a large screen to the house.

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“It really lifted everyone’s spirits and emphasised the support the UK is giving.”


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This story was written by Gee Harland. She joined the team in 2022 as a senior multimedia reporter.

Gee covers Wallingford, Wantage and Didcot.

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