MP’s work experience offer to help refugee

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A South Yorkshire MP has invited a homeless young refugee to spend a day working in his Westminster office.

John Healey, who represents Wentworth and Dearne, said he wanted to help boost 20-year-old Cheng Huang’s chances of getting a job, as part of Refugee Week.

Labour politician Mr Healey said the Government needed to do more to ‘tackle the barriers’ faced by young refugees in finding employment and integrating in the UK.

Cheng, who is being helped by charity Centrepoint, said: “At the beginning I was a bit nervous but John and his researcher were both really nice.”

Cheng was brought to the UK by a family friend for his own safety aged 14 after his parents were arrested by their government.

He won the right to remain for at least two-and-a-half years in December 2012 after a protracted decision process where his case was closed and then re-started.

Mr Healey said: “The rising number of homeless young people under this government is a scandal and one we should never let them forget.

“Homeless young people like Cheng deserve all the support they can get and I was happy to offer him work experience in Westminster.”