November 5, 2018

Asylum Seekers Working

I strongly support the campaign to relax this unnecessary and unhelpful restriction on asylum seekers working in the United Kingdom. Labour’s position is that all people seeking asylum who have waited six months for a resolution on their asylum application should be able to work, unrestrained by the Home Office shortage occupation list. I provide extensive support, with my constituency office team, to people seeking asylum on a daily basis and I hold a …

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August 1, 2017

Asylum Appeal Delays – My Question to the Government

This morning I asked the Leader of the House in Business Questions why there are such long waiting times for people appealing asylum decisions to get a court hearing date. The current minimum timescale for getting a court date is 48 weeks, and then when dates are set they are often months into the future. This is leaving asylum seekers …

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June 29, 2017

Bashir Naderi – Raising the Case in Parliament

This morning I raised the case of Bashir Naderi again in Parliament. Bashir came to the UK as a child refugee over 10 years ago and has made his life in Cardiff, attending school and college here. I first met Bashir when his family came to me for help in November 2016. The Home Office were attempting to forcibly remove …

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February 10, 2016

Demand for Answers on Temporary Accommodation for Asylum Seekers

Speaking in a Westminster Hall debate this morning, I raised the issues surrounding Lynx House temporary accommodation facility in Cardiff. The facility has been under scrutiny recently, initially due to the practice of forcing asylum seekers to wear wristbands to access meals. Following this investigation in The Guardian a raft of other issues have come to light, including a lack of …

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