Many of us have been horrified by the images of people making harrowing journeys across the English Channel to seek safety in the UK. Many will also have been shocked by the government's response. The fact remains that it is nearly impossible to claim asylum in the UK without resorting to dangerous journeys like these ones, because of the lack of safe and legal routes by which to reach the UK in the first place.

People seeking protection here need safe and legal routes, now, to prevent further tragedy at the UK's borders. Take action now by writing to your MP - just enter your postcode below to get started.