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Haywards Heath children beg Government not to deport their daddy

The Argus: Haywards Heath children beg Government not to deport their daddy Haywards Heath children beg Government not to deport their daddy

Three children are begging the Home Office not to deport their dad.

Australian Phil Sommerville has been told he will be sent home - despite his British wife of 12 years and their three children living in the UK.

The saga centres around a letter the Government body claims to have sent in March - but the family say they never received - asking for more information to support Phil's visa application about his relationship and the family's home.

The first the family knew was when the 46-year-old was threatened with deportation in April.

His distraught wife Isabel, who lives with her family in Bolnore Village near Haywards Heath, said: “We have always been together as a family. When we applied we thought we were just dotting the i's and crossing the t's.

“It's terrible. They're trying to crack down on the wrong people.

“They said we didn't provide the evidence they asked for - but we never got the letter asking for the evidence. It's a hopeless situation.

“The totally ridiculous thing is, if they send him back and he reapplies from Australia, he will probably be successful.

“I just can't believe it. It's like a really bad dream which just keeps going.”

The family appealed the decision but still unaware of what extra documentation was needed by the Home Office, had their case dismissed.

But the judge pointed out numerous errors made by the immigration officials in his decision, which the family received on Saturday.

The Argus: Daddy

In his ruling the judge said if Mr Sommerville was made to return to Australia, another application from the other side of the world would probably be successful, but cause “significant disruption and expense”.

The couple met in a bar in Cairns, in 1999 while Isabel, who grew up in Haywards Heath, was backpacking around Australia.

She said the “love story of the century” saw him follow her back to the UK and they married two years later.

They settled in Australia, but returned to the UK in November 2010 to help look after Isabel's terminally ill mother.

The couple's son Cooper, 12 and daughters Jasmin, 8, and Charlee, 6, wrote to the judge considering the appeal begging for their daddy not to be sent to Australia.

On Tuesday Phil filed a further appeal against the decision.

A Home Office spokesman said they do not comment on individual cases.

The Argus: Don't Deport Daddy

The Argus is backing the Sommerville's fight to be kept together.

Don't Deport Daddy will support the family in their battle to keep Phil in the UK.

The Argus believes it is cruel and quite plainly wrong to split up a loving father from his wife and children.

We are calling on common sense to prevail and for the Home Office to reassess the family's situation.

We are backing the calls of Cooper, 12, Jasmin, 8, and Charlee, 6: “Don't Deport Daddy.”

Email us with your messages of support at news@theargus.co.uk.

 

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9:30am Thu 4 Jul 13

Dealing with idiots says...

Utter madness. When vile terrorists can stay in this country on benefits for years and yet a man who cares for his family and pays his taxes gets lobbed out there is somthing very wrong. Good on the Argus for getting involved but they should print the email address of the Home Secretary. Oh, here it is
mayt@parliament.uk

Get writing chaps.
Utter madness. When vile terrorists can stay in this country on benefits for years and yet a man who cares for his family and pays his taxes gets lobbed out there is somthing very wrong. Good on the Argus for getting involved but they should print the email address of the Home Secretary. Oh, here it is mayt@parliament.uk Get writing chaps. Dealing with idiots
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10:28am Thu 4 Jul 13

Fight_Back says...

Strange isn't it how the government preaches about marriage and families being the bedrock of society ( and even proposes a tax break for married people ) and then goes and breaks up a stable and loving family.
Strange isn't it how the government preaches about marriage and families being the bedrock of society ( and even proposes a tax break for married people ) and then goes and breaks up a stable and loving family. Fight_Back
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11:01am Thu 4 Jul 13

ThinkBrighton says...

This is typical, muslim cleric who hates UK but lets the people of this country pay his and his familys expenses and we can't get rid of them for stupid reasons.
But a person who contributes to our society we are going to deport
The Government needs to get it's act together
This is typical, muslim cleric who hates UK but lets the people of this country pay his and his familys expenses and we can't get rid of them for stupid reasons. But a person who contributes to our society we are going to deport The Government needs to get it's act together ThinkBrighton
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12:02pm Thu 4 Jul 13

jimbobmaginty says...

Mate why does he want to stay in this country anyway?

Go back to Oz, take your wife and kids, lead a happy life in a country where the Tax man and every company in the country isn’t trying to screw you out of every penny you’ve earned
Mate why does he want to stay in this country anyway? Go back to Oz, take your wife and kids, lead a happy life in a country where the Tax man and every company in the country isn’t trying to screw you out of every penny you’ve earned jimbobmaginty
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12:27pm Thu 4 Jul 13

qm says...

Mr. Sommerville needs to get a cat. He can then use that well known precedent of having a right to a 'family life'.
If a British born and bred wife is not good enough for the Judges, we already know the cat thing works!
Just how far up the managerial tree at the Home Office does this have to go before it finds someone with a spark of common sense?
Mr. Sommerville needs to get a cat. He can then use that well known precedent of having a right to a 'family life'. If a British born and bred wife is not good enough for the Judges, we already know the cat thing works! Just how far up the managerial tree at the Home Office does this have to go before it finds someone with a spark of common sense? qm
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12:28pm Thu 4 Jul 13

qm says...

Forgot to wish the family Somerville the best of luck in their struggle against petty bureaucracy! Best Wishes!
Forgot to wish the family Somerville the best of luck in their struggle against petty bureaucracy! Best Wishes! qm
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12:44pm Thu 4 Jul 13

rolivan says...

jimbobmaginty wrote:
Mate why does he want to stay in this country anyway?

Go back to Oz, take your wife and kids, lead a happy life in a country where the Tax man and every company in the country isn’t trying to screw you out of every penny you’ve earned
probably the same reason as You.
[quote][p][bold]jimbobmaginty[/bold] wrote: Mate why does he want to stay in this country anyway? Go back to Oz, take your wife and kids, lead a happy life in a country where the Tax man and every company in the country isn’t trying to screw you out of every penny you’ve earned[/p][/quote]probably the same reason as You. rolivan
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1:22pm Thu 4 Jul 13

Roundbill says...

qm wrote:
Mr. Sommerville needs to get a cat. He can then use that well known precedent of having a right to a 'family life'.
If a British born and bred wife is not good enough for the Judges, we already know the cat thing works!
Just how far up the managerial tree at the Home Office does this have to go before it finds someone with a spark of common sense?
What does getting a cat have to do with anything? This is a genuine story about a family at risk of being broken up, and fatuous jokes like yours have no place here.
[quote][p][bold]qm[/bold] wrote: Mr. Sommerville needs to get a cat. He can then use that well known precedent of having a right to a 'family life'. If a British born and bred wife is not good enough for the Judges, we already know the cat thing works! Just how far up the managerial tree at the Home Office does this have to go before it finds someone with a spark of common sense?[/p][/quote]What does getting a cat have to do with anything? This is a genuine story about a family at risk of being broken up, and fatuous jokes like yours have no place here. Roundbill
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1:33pm Thu 4 Jul 13

rolivan says...

Roundbill wrote:
qm wrote:
Mr. Sommerville needs to get a cat. He can then use that well known precedent of having a right to a 'family life'.
If a British born and bred wife is not good enough for the Judges, we already know the cat thing works!
Just how far up the managerial tree at the Home Office does this have to go before it finds someone with a spark of common sense?
What does getting a cat have to do with anything? This is a genuine story about a family at risk of being broken up, and fatuous jokes like yours have no place here.
It wasn't a joke it is Fact.
[quote][p][bold]Roundbill[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]qm[/bold] wrote: Mr. Sommerville needs to get a cat. He can then use that well known precedent of having a right to a 'family life'. If a British born and bred wife is not good enough for the Judges, we already know the cat thing works! Just how far up the managerial tree at the Home Office does this have to go before it finds someone with a spark of common sense?[/p][/quote]What does getting a cat have to do with anything? This is a genuine story about a family at risk of being broken up, and fatuous jokes like yours have no place here.[/p][/quote]It wasn't a joke it is Fact. rolivan
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1:36pm Thu 4 Jul 13

NIG.B@BIGPOND.COM says...

Agree with most of the comments it's sad when a hard working Australian cannot stay in England, has to apply to stay by filling out an application in Australia, he would be better off to come home to Australia with his wife and children, we would welcome them back, but if he want's to stay I wish the Family al the best of luck.
Agree with most of the comments it's sad when a hard working Australian cannot stay in England, has to apply to stay by filling out an application in Australia, he would be better off to come home to Australia with his wife and children, we would welcome them back, but if he want's to stay I wish the Family al the best of luck. NIG.B@BIGPOND.COM
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1:48pm Thu 4 Jul 13

Fight_Back says...

Roundbill wrote:
qm wrote:
Mr. Sommerville needs to get a cat. He can then use that well known precedent of having a right to a 'family life'.
If a British born and bred wife is not good enough for the Judges, we already know the cat thing works!
Just how far up the managerial tree at the Home Office does this have to go before it finds someone with a spark of common sense?
What does getting a cat have to do with anything? This is a genuine story about a family at risk of being broken up, and fatuous jokes like yours have no place here.
Keep up at the back !!!!
[quote][p][bold]Roundbill[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]qm[/bold] wrote: Mr. Sommerville needs to get a cat. He can then use that well known precedent of having a right to a 'family life'. If a British born and bred wife is not good enough for the Judges, we already know the cat thing works! Just how far up the managerial tree at the Home Office does this have to go before it finds someone with a spark of common sense?[/p][/quote]What does getting a cat have to do with anything? This is a genuine story about a family at risk of being broken up, and fatuous jokes like yours have no place here.[/p][/quote]Keep up at the back !!!! Fight_Back
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1:49pm Thu 4 Jul 13

Roundbill says...

rolivan wrote:
Roundbill wrote:
qm wrote:
Mr. Sommerville needs to get a cat. He can then use that well known precedent of having a right to a 'family life'.
If a British born and bred wife is not good enough for the Judges, we already know the cat thing works!
Just how far up the managerial tree at the Home Office does this have to go before it finds someone with a spark of common sense?
What does getting a cat have to do with anything? This is a genuine story about a family at risk of being broken up, and fatuous jokes like yours have no place here.
It wasn't a joke it is Fact.
Evidence, please? Or is this the sort of "fact" you heard from your mate in the pub?
[quote][p][bold]rolivan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Roundbill[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]qm[/bold] wrote: Mr. Sommerville needs to get a cat. He can then use that well known precedent of having a right to a 'family life'. If a British born and bred wife is not good enough for the Judges, we already know the cat thing works! Just how far up the managerial tree at the Home Office does this have to go before it finds someone with a spark of common sense?[/p][/quote]What does getting a cat have to do with anything? This is a genuine story about a family at risk of being broken up, and fatuous jokes like yours have no place here.[/p][/quote]It wasn't a joke it is Fact.[/p][/quote]Evidence, please? Or is this the sort of "fact" you heard from your mate in the pub? Roundbill
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2:27pm Thu 4 Jul 13

qm says...

Roundbill wrote:
rolivan wrote:
Roundbill wrote:
qm wrote:
Mr. Sommerville needs to get a cat. He can then use that well known precedent of having a right to a 'family life'.
If a British born and bred wife is not good enough for the Judges, we already know the cat thing works!
Just how far up the managerial tree at the Home Office does this have to go before it finds someone with a spark of common sense?
What does getting a cat have to do with anything? This is a genuine story about a family at risk of being broken up, and fatuous jokes like yours have no place here.
It wasn't a joke it is Fact.
Evidence, please? Or is this the sort of "fact" you heard from your mate in the pub?
"A judge allowed an illegal immigrant to dodge deportation because he feared separating him from his cat risked ‘serious emotional consequences’, it emerged yesterday.
The human rights ruling, obtained by the Daily Mail, vindicates Home Secretary Theresa May over the ‘cat-gate’ row with Justice Secretary Ken Clarke at the Tory Conference.
She claimed that the cat, Maya, was a key reason behind the decision to let the man, a Bolivian national, stay in Britain, citing it as an example of how the Human Rights Act has been badly applied by judges."

FYI I don't hang about in pubs either, fatuous twit!

If you'd read the rest of my comment you would have understood my anger and frustration at the problems facing the Somerville family and my follow on post wishing them best luck etc. Don't read a few words, assume and go off half-cocked. Be informed before you put your foot in your mouth!!!
[quote][p][bold]Roundbill[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rolivan[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Roundbill[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]qm[/bold] wrote: Mr. Sommerville needs to get a cat. He can then use that well known precedent of having a right to a 'family life'. If a British born and bred wife is not good enough for the Judges, we already know the cat thing works! Just how far up the managerial tree at the Home Office does this have to go before it finds someone with a spark of common sense?[/p][/quote]What does getting a cat have to do with anything? This is a genuine story about a family at risk of being broken up, and fatuous jokes like yours have no place here.[/p][/quote]It wasn't a joke it is Fact.[/p][/quote]Evidence, please? Or is this the sort of "fact" you heard from your mate in the pub?[/p][/quote]"A judge allowed an illegal immigrant to dodge deportation because he feared separating him from his cat risked ‘serious emotional consequences’, it emerged yesterday. The human rights ruling, obtained by the Daily Mail, vindicates Home Secretary Theresa May over the ‘cat-gate’ row with Justice Secretary Ken Clarke at the Tory Conference. She claimed that the cat, Maya, was a key reason behind the decision to let the man, a Bolivian national, stay in Britain, citing it as an example of how the Human Rights Act has been badly applied by judges." FYI I don't hang about in pubs either, fatuous twit! If you'd read the rest of my comment you would have understood my anger and frustration at the problems facing the Somerville family and my follow on post wishing them best luck etc. Don't read a few words, assume and go off half-cocked. Be informed before you put your foot in your mouth!!! qm
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2:38pm Thu 4 Jul 13

Roundbill says...

You DO realise that whole sorry story was made up by the Daily Mail and then pushed by Theresa May to woo the far right elements of the Conservative Party, don't you?
http://tinyurl.com/6
zkf345
Now please try and show a little respect and stop using this poor family's misery as a soapbox to perpetuate your Eurosceptic agenda.
You DO realise that whole sorry story was made up by the Daily Mail and then pushed by Theresa May to woo the far right elements of the Conservative Party, don't you? http://tinyurl.com/6 zkf345 Now please try and show a little respect and stop using this poor family's misery as a soapbox to perpetuate your Eurosceptic agenda. Roundbill
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2:50pm Thu 4 Jul 13

qm says...

You really are a presumptuous fool! I stand on no soapbox nor do I have any agendas Eurosceptic or otherwise! You really should slacken off the Imodium a bit! We are in serious agreement regarding the difficulties facing this family but you seem determined to descend into an acrimonious exchange! Go take a shower and wash some of that hubris away!
You really are a presumptuous fool! I stand on no soapbox nor do I have any agendas Eurosceptic or otherwise! You really should slacken off the Imodium a bit! We are in serious agreement regarding the difficulties facing this family but you seem determined to descend into an acrimonious exchange! Go take a shower and wash some of that hubris away! qm
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3:13pm Thu 4 Jul 13

mercedes1954 says...

Ms May can't control EU immigration into the UK so she attack Brits who are still under national rules. It's the only way for the Cons to get immigration down and win an election.

The Family Migration rules since last July keeps partners apart where one is non-EU and are full of catch rules to get numbers down.

e.g. If you don't earn the £18,600 needed you can top up with cash held for 6 months (£16,600 earnings need £21,000 in the bank) BUT if you're self-employed you cannot bring a non-EU partner here even with £1 million because you can't top-up with savings.
Ms May can't control EU immigration into the UK so she attack Brits who are still under national rules. It's the only way for the Cons to get immigration down and win an election. The Family Migration rules since last July keeps partners apart where one is non-EU and are full of catch rules to get numbers down. e.g. If you don't earn the £18,600 needed you can top up with cash held for 6 months (£16,600 earnings need £21,000 in the bank) BUT if you're self-employed you cannot bring a non-EU partner here even with £1 million because you can't top-up with savings. mercedes1954
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4:40pm Thu 4 Jul 13

spa301 says...

Whatever happened to common sense.
I love this country but despair of our leaders (both local and national) and the whole shambles that masquerades as government.
Whatever happened to common sense. I love this country but despair of our leaders (both local and national) and the whole shambles that masquerades as government. spa301
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5:19pm Thu 4 Jul 13

Rotters says...

well said roundbill, some people believe everything the daily heil tells them...
well said roundbill, some people believe everything the daily heil tells them... Rotters
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6:48pm Thu 4 Jul 13

Hoarder12345444 says...

Dealing with idiots wrote:
Utter madness. When vile terrorists can stay in this country on benefits for years and yet a man who cares for his family and pays his taxes gets lobbed out there is somthing very wrong. Good on the Argus for getting involved but they should print the email address of the Home Secretary. Oh, here it is
mayt@parliament.uk

Get writing chaps.
I agree it's very wrong indeed. All the asylum seekers, the scum who live on benefits and preach hate can stay here and this bloke can't. And he's from part of the commonwealth! Why not deport some of the immigrants that don't give this country benefits.

I'm all for controlled immigration, but people must come here for the good of the country. This bloke has and gets treated like this.


Hope he stays. Have a few VB's on me mate I'm rooting for ya.
[quote][p][bold]Dealing with idiots[/bold] wrote: Utter madness. When vile terrorists can stay in this country on benefits for years and yet a man who cares for his family and pays his taxes gets lobbed out there is somthing very wrong. Good on the Argus for getting involved but they should print the email address of the Home Secretary. Oh, here it is mayt@parliament.uk Get writing chaps.[/p][/quote]I agree it's very wrong indeed. All the asylum seekers, the scum who live on benefits and preach hate can stay here and this bloke can't. And he's from part of the commonwealth! Why not deport some of the immigrants that don't give this country benefits. I'm all for controlled immigration, but people must come here for the good of the country. This bloke has and gets treated like this. Hope he stays. Have a few VB's on me mate I'm rooting for ya. Hoarder12345444
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6:50pm Thu 4 Jul 13

dingdong2 says...

It wasn't made up by the dailymail at all... try reading the judgement.

Maya the cat was clearly quoted by the judge:

‘The evidence concerning the joint acquisition of Maya by the appellant and his partner reinforces my conclusion on the strength and quality of the family life that appellant and his partner enjoy.’
It wasn't made up by the dailymail at all... try reading the judgement. Maya the cat was clearly quoted by the judge: ‘The evidence concerning the joint acquisition of Maya by the appellant and his partner reinforces my conclusion on the strength and quality of the family life that [the] appellant and his partner enjoy.’ dingdong2
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9:20pm Thu 4 Jul 13

Blackiedog says...

Am disgusted,keep this lovely harmless family together,god bless the argus for doing something to help,an utter disgrace,so many broken families,let this woman keep her man and these kiddies grow up WITH their daddy.
Am disgusted,keep this lovely harmless family together,god bless the argus for doing something to help,an utter disgrace,so many broken families,let this woman keep her man and these kiddies grow up WITH their daddy. Blackiedog
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9:37pm Thu 4 Jul 13

La Brighton Belle says...

I really hope the Home Office / Border Agency / Immigration sort this mess out very soon for this lovely family.
They want to work and provide for their family.
All the best Sommerville family.
I really hope the Home Office / Border Agency / Immigration sort this mess out very soon for this lovely family. They want to work and provide for their family. All the best Sommerville family. La Brighton Belle
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10:31pm Thu 4 Jul 13

Dillbert1970 says...

Izzy is an old school chum of mine. It's great to see The Argus and all of you who have commented above, backing such a heart breaking story.

But, this story goes to highlight just what is wrong with this country's immigration and residence policies - Abu Qatada and UK-haters are here, whilst decent people are not.

Crazy!

Big love and support to the Sommerville campaign!! xx
Izzy is an old school chum of mine. It's great to see The Argus and all of you who have commented above, backing such a heart breaking story. But, this story goes to highlight just what is wrong with this country's immigration and residence policies - Abu Qatada and UK-haters are here, whilst decent people are not. Crazy! Big love and support to the Sommerville campaign!! xx Dillbert1970
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10:01am Fri 5 Jul 13

Stick36 says...

For those who do not know the Sommerville family this is a genuine case through no fault of their own, their application for the Father and Husband to stay in the UK. to deport a loving, trusting, hard working husband and father. They are a very close knit family. After his marriage to a UK citizen they lived in Australia for a number of years and the decision to move back to the UK was brought about by the terminal illness by a close UK. family member, who needs 24/7 care at her home, this family cannot be without the help and support of Husband and Father and the ill family member. This is a genuine and truthful comment.
For those who do not know the Sommerville family this is a genuine case through no fault of their own, their application for the Father and Husband to stay in the UK. to deport a loving, trusting, hard working husband and father. They are a very close knit family. After his marriage to a UK citizen they lived in Australia for a number of years and the decision to move back to the UK was brought about by the terminal illness by a close UK. family member, who needs 24/7 care at her home, this family cannot be without the help and support of Husband and Father and the ill family member. This is a genuine and truthful comment. Stick36
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6:20am Sun 7 Jul 13

Stick36 says...

Now the Home Office are saying a new rule has come in this family put their application in middle of January long before the due date to reapply for extended Visa, all the mistakes that the Home office made would make a donkey stand on it's head, these new rules have been brought in NOW just to cover the errors made by the donkey staff, and to cover up the embarrassment that it brought to them. Wake up and don't bother trying to fool us by bringing in new rules after all your mistakes started back in January.
Now the Home Office are saying a new rule has come in [paper from you dated 10th.June 2013] this family put their application in middle of January long before the due date to reapply for extended Visa, all the mistakes that the Home office made would make a donkey stand on it's head, these new rules have been brought in NOW just to cover the errors made by the donkey staff, and to cover up the embarrassment that it brought to them. Wake up and don't bother trying to fool us by bringing in new rules after all your mistakes started back in January. Stick36
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10:35am Mon 8 Jul 13

writer2013 says...

I was deeply saddened to read about the Haywards Heath family whose father the courts are trying to deport. After having my own father die this year I can think of nothing worse than having to return to England to look after a seriously unwell parent only to have your family ripped apart as a a result. Our current government has emphasized the importance of family life again and again. How they can then do this to a British wife and British children during one of the most emotionally trying times of their life is nothing short of emotional cruelty. This couple have been together for years and appear to have been highly successful at raising their children, are we actively seeking to destroy their marriage, family and emotional well being? I hope this campaign is successful, as it truly deserves to be.
I was deeply saddened to read about the Haywards Heath family whose father the courts are trying to deport. After having my own father die this year I can think of nothing worse than having to return to England to look after a seriously unwell parent only to have your family ripped apart as a a result. Our current government has emphasized the importance of family life again and again. How they can then do this to a British wife and British children during one of the most emotionally trying times of their life is nothing short of emotional cruelty. This couple have been together for years and appear to have been highly successful at raising their children, are we actively seeking to destroy their marriage, family and emotional well being? I hope this campaign is successful, as it truly deserves to be. writer2013
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