Holly Willoughby says UK is ‘not doing enough’ after crying over Ukrainian child
Holly Willoughby has said the UK is "clearly not doing enough" to help Ukrainian refugees, just a day after she broke down in tears over a story about a child being forced to flee – without their family.
The This Morning presenter spoke to contributor Matthew Wright and co-host Phillip Schofield about the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.
She said: "I think the numbers – it's confirmed that 500 visas have been granted so far.
"When you look at the amount of refugees that have crossed over into Poland alone, Matthew, we are clearly not doing enough."
Matthew replied: "We're making headlines all around the world. We're in the New York Times for our shoddy approach to the refugee issue."
He went on: "This is not the way to respond do an emergency."
Phillip asked: "Is this just really heartless?"
According to reports, while a number of European countries have taken in record numbers of refugees, just 500 visas have been granted in the UK.
However Europe minister James Cleverly said the number would increase "very quickly".
Holly's words come just a day after she broke down in tears on the ITV show after hearing a story of an 11-year-old boy who was forced to travel 600 miles alone, without his family, as his home country was attacked by Russia.
As guests Nicola Thorp and Julia Hartley-Brewer spoke of the crisis, Holly wiped away tears as Phillip told fans they'd be going to an ad break.
Viewers heard how the young child "doesn't know when he will see his family again" or when he will "return to his homeland".
The story was all too much for Holly, who appeared with tears in her eyes as she heard the harrowing goings-on.
Viewers flocked to her defence, with many calling for one of her on-screen pals to "give her a hug".
Another said: "Holly is a mother, she has a very good heart. A lot of you are bringing up the fact she has money so she should house Ukrainians, for f***'s sake, grow up. She has feelings, whether you're a fan or not, you're still watching This Morning aren't you."
Someone else said: "I take the p*** out of Phil and Holly all the time, but I do genuinely believe that the stories they have to report on play on their minds. They get a lot of stick for showing emotion.”
This Morning airs weekdays at 10am on ITV
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