Lord Alfred Dubs has been awarded ‘Peer of the Year’ at the Spectator’s Parliamentarian of the Year Awards. He was given the award for his work in convincing the government to help child refugees in Europe.
The Spectator editor Fraser Nelson said the peer has “shown that the House of Lords, if used properly, is a place where one person can overturn government policy”.
“In an act of political jujitsu, this 84-year-old wrestled the government machine, won, and had the Prime Minister agree to take in child refugees from Calais.”
Born in Prague, then in Czechoslovakia, Dubs was one of 669 Czech-resident, mainly Jewish, children saved by English stockbroker Nicholas Winton and others from the Nazis on the Kindertransport (Dubs’ father was Jewish).
Here is his speech upon accepting the award.