"I have never welcomed the weakening of family ties by politics or pressure" - Nelson Mandela.
"He who travels for love finds a thousand miles no longer than one" - Japanese proverb.
"Everyone has the right to respect for his private and family life, his home and his correspondence." - Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.
"When people's love is divided by law, it is the law that needs to change". -
David Cameron.

Tuesday 10 September 2013

Notes on last night's adjournment debate

The Hansard for last night's adjournment debate is up :

And mirrored here, to help find it in the future :


Excerpts :

Andrew Percy (Con, Brigg and Goole):
Shantar’s visa application has been rejected on a number of grounds. Two of them were
technical issues to do with some lost paperwork. The embassy in Cambodia apparently lost her English language certificate, which I have managed to get a copy of, and it is hoped that that problem will be solved. Another issue regards accommodation in the UK, which has been, or is being, resolved.

... Denying some of those people access to join their family is having a detrimental effect on the UK economy. When they come here their passports are stamped with the words “No recourse to public funds”, but they are often people who, if they were here working, as in the case of my constituent, whose wife has a job offer, would be paying tax and contributing to the UK economy.

No recourse to public funds image : http://britcits.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/jay-alberto-we-just-want-to-live-our.html

Neil Parish (Con, Tiverton and Honiton) :
I have a constituent called Mrs Celia Elizabeth Parr who is married to a doctor from Ecuador, and they have a little child. Mrs Parr lives in Colyton, and she has enough self-employed income, but she has experienced huge problems getting her husband into the country. We very much support tighter immigration controls, but we seem to be stopping people who have a legitimate right to be here from putting their family back together again.

Lizzie's story :

Fiona Mactaggart (Lab, Slough) :
 One of the things that has distressed me about the many cases that I face in Slough is having to say to one or two of my constituents who are dual nationals from another EU country that it would be in their interests not to use their British citizenship, but to go and work in the country of another EU citizenship —  say, Irish —  and then bring their spouse here.

Surinder Singh : http://britcits.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/surinder%20singh
For newbies : http://britcits.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/surinder-singh-for-newbies-httpwww.html

Kerry McCarthy (Lab, Bristol East) :
I have a constituent who wants to be in Bristol to look after his sick parents. He has a Thai wife. They have moved to Spain so that they can take advantage of the laws there and eventually come to the UK. That is ludicrous. He has had to go and live in Spain with his wife and child although they have no connection with that country at all, as that is the only way round the rules.

'A British family will be divided' - Sean's story is being referred to here : http://britcits.blogspot.co.uk/2013/07/on-1st-september-2013-british-family.html

Greg Mulholland (Lib Dem, Leeds NW) :
As he will know, another issue of huge concern is Syria. As he said, people cannot help whom they fall in love with. Does he agree that the case of Christine Gilmore, a constituent of mine who is trying to bring her husband, Ziad, over here, really shows that we have an extra need to prioritise those who are at threat in a war situation?

Christine's story :
Shafik's story :

Jane Ellison (Con, Battersea) :
...He is aware of a very long-running case that he has been dealing with and about which we have spoken very often. Self-employment can be an issue, particularly for someone who has had periods of maternity leave. Obviously, that challenge particularly affects women. Will he remain open to looking to make adjustments on such issues?

Marianne's story is being referred to here :


Tory MP initiates debate on spouse visas - asks are we implementing 'sensible' rules? :

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