AN EAST Ayrshire MP is calling on the UK Government to rehome 10,000 child refugees ASAP.

MP for Kilmarnock and Loudoun Alan Brown is supporting the campaign for the UK Government and local councils to take in children fleeing war zones.

He’s also calling on East Ayrshire Council to do their bit to help the children fleeing conflict.

Commenting, the MP for Kilmarnock and Loudoun said: “It is poignant that on the 80th of the Kindertransport we once again call on the UK to take in children in desperate need of safety and fleeing prejudice.

“All those years ago we took in 10,000 children of predominately Jewish faith from Nazi Germany, Austria and Poland among others.

"Thanks to this act from the UK Government, it meant these 10,000 children were able to escape hate, prejudice and more importantly, almost certain death at the hands of the Nazis.

“Some of those who came here in the late 1930s happened to be the only survivors from their respective families, this literally saved lives, and they then grew up to be our next generation of doctors, nurses, teachers and firefighters. We have a moral duty to give this new generation of child refugees a chance to live a happy and successful life.

“At the moment no local authority in Scotland has agreed to sign up for this initiative. It would be great if East Ayrshire Council could lead by example and welcome these children who are in desperate need of safety.”