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Monday, 19 July 2010

Theresa May MP - please let Florence and Precious Mhango stay

Florence and Precious Mhango have already been through an awful lot, including two spells of detention.

For that reason, I think the best solution to their situation would be for the Home Secretary, Theresa May MP to use her discretion to grant them leave to remain outside the Immigration Rules.

She could do this very quickly so that Florence and Precious can have peace of mind and security for the first time in a long time. The more public support we can generate for them today, the better.

So, using the five points below why not drop Theresa May MP at the Home Office an email explaining why you think Florence and Precious Mhango should stay.

David Cameron's talking about community activism and people having more say about what happens in their area. It's clear that Florence and Precious' community wants them to stay - so why not let them?

  • If they are returned to Malawi, they will most likely be separated and 10 year old Precious will not be allowed to see her mother again.
  • Precious is settled at school in Glasgow and is doing well there. She and her mother have long standing friends here and are part of the community where they live.
  • Precious only speaks English and faces being separated from her mother and handed over to people she can't communicate with if deported.
  • Precious has lived in this country since she was 3 years old. She has no memory of Malawi. She is safe and doing well where she is in Glasgow. If she is deported, her welfare will be severely compromised.
  • People are worried about creating precedents in these situations - there can't be many people in this country in the same circumstances with such strong support from their communities behind them. This is an exceptional case.
There is a great argument put forward by J Arthur MacNumpty, please take a few minutes out to read his blog post on this issue, my friend Caron who has been blogging (rightly so) on this issue from the beginning has another take on it here at Lib Dem Voice.
I hope the weather held off for the vigil held in Glasgow tonight.

1 comment:

Caron said...

Thank you.

You are awesome.

That is all.

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