Gary Lineker has received his fair share of abuse for voicing his views on politics.

Critics have accused the Match of the Day host of virtue signalling and being a paid-up member of the metropolitan elite.

So he deserves credit for living up to his words.

After campaigning to raise awareness of the plight of asylum seekers he is offering to house refugees in his own home.

Hopefully, his actions will encourage others to show more compassion to those who come to our shores seeking sanctuary.

Lineker has been struck by the plight of people searching for a new home
Lineker has been struck by the plight of people searching for a new home

As Lineker points out, refugees have made an important contribution to our country, from working in our public services to starting some of our most famous companies.

They have turned to Britain after fleeing war, torture and persecution. We should be proud to welcome them.

That means doing more to tackle traffickers and people-smugglers who prey on despair.

And it means finding a safe and legal way for people to seek asylum so they do not have to risk their lives trying to enter this country.

Turning again

Parliament has only been back two days and the Government has already had to perform yet another U-turn.

This time it was on the decision to lift the lockdown restrictions in Trafford and Bolton.

Local leaders had begged ministers to keep the measures because of a spike in infections. This call was rejected only for Health Secretary Matt Hancock to change his mind.

This incompetence is unforgivable when we are talking about lives. Government shilly-shallying is causing anger and undermining confidence in its core public health messages.

If ministers are incapable of making the right decisions they should hand the responsibility to those who can.

Pinta heroes

Maureen and Derek Clancy are the cream of their community after notching up 50 years doing the local milk round.

The job clearly floats their boat.