Campaigns. It is important that I continue to know the strength of feeling on an issue and I prefer to respond to every inquiry, but the sheer size of campaign correspondence means that it is hard to justify to the tax payer the cost and time taken for individual written replies, so regrettably I will no longer reply to every item of campaign correspondence.  I will  post a response to the campaign on the "Responses to campaigns" page of my website.

I am sorry to do this, as it is rather impersonal, but can see no other way of maintaining a good service for all my constituents unless I approach campaigns this way.


08 JUL 2019

Refugee Family Reunion

Thank you very much for taking the time to email me about refugee family reunion.

As you know a debate was held on this matter last month and you may like to read the transcript, including the Minister's response, you can do so via the following link.

I am glad that the Immigration Minister, Caroline Nokes MP, provided reassurance that the government recognises the importance of family reunion and that their policy provides safe and legal routes to bring families together. She highlighted that over the past five years the UK has granted over 26,000 family reunion visas to family members of refugees in the UK. There are also separate provisions in the rules that allow extended family to sponsor children to come here. Where there are serious and compelling circumstances, refugees can sponsor adult dependent relatives living overseas to join them when, owing to age, illness or disability, that person requires long-term personal care that can be provided only by relatives in the UK.

Lastly, you may be interested in the following briefing from the House of Commons Library on this topic.

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