Linda Robson offers to home migrant family after children move out

Loose Women's Linda Robson used to babysit her husband
Loose Women panellist Linda Robson

Loose Women star Linda Robson has said she wants to welcome a migrant family into her home after her children move out.

The Birds Of A Feather actress, 63, spoke about the migrant crisis on Wednesday’s episode, saying her ‘heart goes out’ to those who have to take drastic measures in the hopes of a better life.

When asked if it should be made harder for refugees to cross the English Channel, Linda said: “I don’t think we can make it any harder. 

"They’re risking their lives in these dinghies and boats to try and get away from a war-torn country. My heart goes out to them.”

Photo by: KGC-330/STAR MAX/IPx 2021 7/20/21 Record numbers of migrants have been taking advantage of the calm seas in making the channel crossing from Calais to Kent. Here, migrants are brought ashore on July 20, 2021 by Dungeness lifeboat at Dungeness Kent. (Dover, England, UK)
Migrants arrive on English Channel crossing from Calais to Kent.

“I was in Paris a few years ago and I’d never really thought about migrants or immigrants or anything, and I saw on a roundabout there, hundreds of families with their children in little tents, makeshift tents,” she continued.

“The kids were holding their hands out to us to give them money and it just broke my heart.

“Everywhere you go in Islington, there’s signs saying, ‘Migrants welcome’ and that’s what I’d like to say.”

“My kids will be moving out soon – Louis and Bobbie, they’ll be going – so all that will be left in my house is me and my husband,” she concluded.

“He don’t know I’m gonna say this on telly today, but I would welcome a family into my house. We’ll have the space once the kids have gone. And I’d love it.”

Photo by: KGC-254/STAR MAX/IPx 2021 5/23/21 Home Secretary Priti Patel leaves BBC Broadcasting House in London, England.
Home Secretary Priti Patel leaves BBC Broadcasting House in London, England.

The panel — completed on today’s episode by Kaye Adams, Janet Street-Porter and Brenda Edwards — were discussing the record number of migrants that had made their way across the English Channel on Monday.

According to the Home Office, at least 430 people travelled across the Dover Strait in order to start a new life in the UK.

Home Secretary Priti Patel has announced a £55 million agreement with France as a result, in a bid to increase patrols catching boats making efforts to get into the UK.

Pauline Quirke (left) and Linda Robson (right) starred together in sitcom 'Birds of a Feather' from 1989 until Quirke's departure in 2017. (Rossie Hallam/PA Images/Getty Images)
Pauline Quirke (left) and Linda Robson (right) starred together in sitcom 'Birds of a Feather' from 1989 until Quirke's departure in 2017. (Rossie Hallam/PA Images/Getty Images)

“The British people have simply had enough of illegal migration and the exploitation of migrants by criminal gangs,” she said.

“Illegal immigration is driven by serious organised criminals and people smugglers.

“The public are rightly angry that small boats are arriving on our shores, facilitated by appalling criminal gangs who profit from human misery and put lives at risk.”

Loose Women airs weekdays from 12.30pm on ITV.