called it a ‘sobering’ experience to live with a refugee family for 10 months as the war rages on against .
Last year, Shapps was the second MP to host Ukrainian refugees at his house, as thousands grappled with in a bid to make it to the UK.
The Conservative MP welcomed a seven-year-old child, his mother, grandmother and dog- who have now become like ‘family’ – into his Hertfordshire home.
Talking with , Shapps said that being part of the scheme had also impacted the way in which he discusses support for refugees with cabinet.
He told the publication: ‘I found it very helpful because every time we’re discussing what’s happening in Ukraine, in Cabinet, in the back of my mind or when I get home, I’m reminded about the reality of the policies and what it actually means.’
The cabinet minister also added that he felt Brits have many similarities with Ukrainians based on their experience of the Blitz.
Mother, Snezhana Chaykina, moved into Shapps’ home during April last year, fleeing Kyiv and leaving behind her husband in Ukraine.
The family posted on social media asking about the Homes for Ukraine scheme which was reportedly picked up by the Tory MP’s daughter.
Following the arrangements, Shapps tweeted: ‘Today we’re delighted to welcome a three-generation Ukrainian family, along with their dog Max, to live with us in our home.
‘Whilst their country goes through the turmoil of Putin’s war, “http://site-profitable.ru/ our country stands resolutely with the people of Ukraine.’
Shapps’ 18-year-old son was first concerned about the family moving in, but told that they ‘fit in very well’.
He and seven-year-old Nikita now do ‘explosive science experiments’ together, it was reported.
Grant Shapps said it was ‘sobering’ to host a family of Ukrainian refugees in his home
The cabinet minister was the second MP to host Ukrainian refugees at his house
Snezhana Chaykina, moved into Shapps’ home during April last year, fleeing Kyiv with family
Ten months on, Shapps now says they have become a very close household, having dinner together and all taking part in household chores.
The ‘three-generation’ family currently stay in the room of Shapps’ son who was then studying at university.
Seven-year-old Nikita also attends a local school in the area.
Despite the scheme’s impact, Shapps highlighted that it has not changed his perspective on small boats coming to the UK carrying refugees.
He told Sky News: ‘It’s absolutely right that stopping the small boats is one of our top priorities.’
It was claimed that Snezhana does not talk about politics with the Conservative minister apart from the situation in Ukraine.
‘I am not very political, which is funny as I think I must be living with one of the most political families in the country,’ she told The Times.