Matt Hancock says he will home seven Ukrainian refugees and their four dogs under the Homes for Ukraine scheme.
The former Health Secretary is helping them escape their war torn homeland following Russia’s invasion and will welcome the group to his Suffolk property from this week, The Sun On Sunday reported.
Mr Hancock is housing one of his constituents’ family from Ukraine – her mother, two sisters, niece, nephew and his partner, along with her nephew’s grandmother.
The Tory MP will host the family for six months after branding the visa process a ‘challenge’.
He told the paper: ‘I got into this by instinctively making an offer to a constituent whose family was in desperate need.’
It comes after the scheme has been widely criticised by other politicians.
The UK’s Ukrainian visa scheme is ‘unwelcoming’ and adding to refugees’ trauma, one peer offering her home to a fleeing family has claimed.
Crossbench peer Baroness Finlay of Llandaff is offering space in her Cardiff home to a mother and two children, but has been waiting for three weeks for their visas to be cleared through the scheme.
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