Politicians have “cynically misused” children in the election
campaign while ignoring child protection issues, according to the
The organisation has accused parties of using children as
backdrops for launches, for photo opportunities and in election
broadcasts, but failed to discuss policies which affect the health
and welfare of children.
“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,” said NSPCC chief executive Mary Marsh.
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