Politicians have ‘cynically misused’ children in the
election campaign while ignoring child protection issues, according
to the NSPCC.
The charity has accused the parties of using children as
backdrops for launches, for photo opportunities and in election
broadcasters, but failed to discuss policies which affect the
health and welfare of children.
Mary Marsh, NSPCC chief executive, said: “Children are citizens
who deserve action, yet we have been appalled to see them being
used as props in an attempt to win votes in this election.”
The parties were also urged to conduct a ‘more grown-up
debate’ on asylum and refugees.
Nick Hardwick, chief executive of the Refugee Council, said:
“Labour and the Conservatives were trying to out-do each other in
devising ever more draconian measures against this vulnerable group