Monday, 09 April 2018 05:52



SNP MSP Fulton MacGregor has written to the Prime Minister this afternoon demanding that she takes immediate action to stop the deportation of Ms Volha Merry, after the Home Office refused to respond to letters taking up the case.

The Home Office have given Ms Merry, who is married to a UK citizen and whose two year-old daughter was born and has spent all her life in Scotland, until Wednesday this week to leave the country. Fulton MacGregor wrote to the Home Secretary last month in an attempt to protect Ms Merry's status in the UK, but Amber Rudd has so far failed to respond.

The young family now faces being torn apart, unless urgent action is taken to reverse the decision to deport Ms Merry.

Commenting, Fulton MacGregor MSP said:

"This is a heartbreaking case, and one where the Prime Minister must intervene in personally and immediately.

"It is nothing short of scandalous that a young child who was born in this country, with a parent who is Scottish and a UK citizen, is now effectively being deported – unless the Home Office are suggesting that a two-year old should be forcibly separated from her mother, that is exactly what they are proposing.  

“Tory immigration policy has led to this kind of situation happening all too frequently as they seek to hit their arbitrary net migration targets, without paying any heed to individual family circumstances.

"They just ignore the human consequences time and time again. Ms Merry's husband is a UK citizen, and their young daughter was born in Wishaw – it is simply disgraceful that the UK government have so far ignored her case and pushed forward with an attempt to tear this family apart.

"The Prime Minister must intervene immediately – there is no time to spare if we are to succeed in keeping this young family together in Scotland."

Letter to Prime Minister:

Letter to Cabinet Secretary for External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop:

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