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Adopt a community, Tory MP urges
Alistair Burt, MP
Alistair Burt MP has a different solution to helping tsunami victims
While aid organisations continue to appeal for tsunami victims, one Tory MP is calling for a different approach.

Alistair Burt, MP for North East Bedfordshire, is urging authorities to adopt a community affected by the disaster in Asia.

People would feel greater empathy if local governments were to adopt a specific project in an affected area, Mr Burt said.

"It would demonstrate a longer term commitment to the people," he added.

"If each local government in Britain - not necessarily each council - but each local government had adopted a particular project in the affected area we would all feel a much stronger personal connection when we raise money."

The flood victims "are going to need support not only for the next month or two but possibly for the next year or two," he said.

"I am keen to see a system which would 'twin' local areas in the UK and the developed world with districts around the Indian Ocean rim as a means of ensuring long term support."

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