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Family can celebrate Christmas as deportation threat to Sussex dad is lifted

The Argus: Family can celebrate Christmas as deportation threat to Sussex dad is lifted Family can celebrate Christmas as deportation threat to Sussex dad is lifted

Three children who begged the Home Office not to deport their dad will enjoy a family Christmas reassured in the knowledge he is here to stay.

Phil Sommerville was told he would be sent back to Australia despite his British wife of 12 years and their three children living in the UK.

His family were left distraught by the news but with the support of The Argus’ campaign, Don’t Deport Daddy, immigration bosses made a U-turn on the decision to send the father-of-three back to Australia.


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Wife Isabel Sommerville, who lives with her family in Bolnore Village near Haywards Heath, said: “It will take us a long time to recover but things are definitely looking up and we are just so thrilled that Phil is still here.”

The couple will be busy preparing a traditional roast turkey dinner on Christmas Day for Mrs Sommerville’s parents and their children, Cooper, 12, Jasmin, nine, and Charlee, seven.

“The children are really excited about Christmas,”

said Mrs Sommerville.

“They are so much happier and everybody just generally feels better and they don’t have to worry that dad won’t be here.”

After approving Mr Sommerville’s visa, the Home Office sent a letter apologising for the blunders it had made while processing his application.

Things have been looking up for the Sommerville family since Mr Sommerville was handed back his passport in October. Once the saga was over he was immediately able to find work again.

“We are feeling so much better – I didn’t realise how bad I was feeling while it was all going on,”

explained Mrs Sommerville.

The stress of, is he going to be deported, and no money and wondering how we would pay the bills, that was really, really stressful so we are really looking forward to a family Christmas now.”

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10:09am Tue 24 Dec 13

TocToc1 says...

Thank goodness for common sense - Happy Christmas
Thank goodness for common sense - Happy Christmas TocToc1
  • Score: 14

10:12am Tue 24 Dec 13

lizkra@ntlworld.com says...

Well thank goodness for that.. I followed his case and found it incredible that they were even thinking about it. I hope no-one ever bothers them again - it must have been a complete nightmare......
Well thank goodness for that.. I followed his case and found it incredible that they were even thinking about it. I hope no-one ever bothers them again - it must have been a complete nightmare...... lizkra@ntlworld.com
  • Score: 14

11:06am Tue 24 Dec 13

clubrob6 says...

Our queen is the queen of Australia,this case should not have happened.Why don't the authorities concentrate on REAL illegal immigrants?I wish this family a MERRY CHRISTMAS.
Our queen is the queen of Australia,this case should not have happened.Why don't the authorities concentrate on REAL illegal immigrants?I wish this family a MERRY CHRISTMAS. clubrob6
  • Score: 14

11:22am Tue 24 Dec 13

boo2005 says...

the government should be concentrating their powers on getting these evil terrorists who seem to claim citizenship out of our country, they don't seem to be too successful at achieving that!.....I'll do it for them, if they're finding it difficult!....these people would disappear overnight!.....angry
, yes I bloody well am!!!
the government should be concentrating their powers on getting these evil terrorists who seem to claim citizenship out of our country, they don't seem to be too successful at achieving that!.....I'll do it for them, if they're finding it difficult!....these people would disappear overnight!.....angry , yes I bloody well am!!! boo2005
  • Score: 12

11:39am Tue 24 Dec 13

angrymonkey says...

good old Gov not do a thing about all the scum coming here for a easy life and crime things going mad in places like Brighton rape nearly every other day half not from UK doing the crime and they go for a family man working hard to look after his family they could not run a bath between them . Happy Christmas to the family.
good old Gov not do a thing about all the scum coming here for a easy life and crime things going mad in places like Brighton rape nearly every other day half not from UK doing the crime and they go for a family man working hard to look after his family they could not run a bath between them . Happy Christmas to the family. angrymonkey
  • Score: 11

2:03pm Tue 24 Dec 13

getThisCoalitionOut says...

Fabulous news. Well done Home Office for once! Happy Christmas to this family :)
Fabulous news. Well done Home Office for once! Happy Christmas to this family :) getThisCoalitionOut
  • Score: 9

9:38pm Tue 24 Dec 13

boo2005 says...

sexyhips69 wrote:
Is this man stupid? A choice of living in Australia or Hayward's Heath and he fights to stay in the latter ! What a **** . Wish they would give me a choice and I would soon be off ;-)
I have the 'readies' if you should choose, this is one of the finest places in the world to live!
[quote][p][bold]sexyhips69[/bold] wrote: Is this man stupid? A choice of living in Australia or Hayward's Heath and he fights to stay in the latter ! What a **** . Wish they would give me a choice and I would soon be off ;-)[/p][/quote]I have the 'readies' if you should choose, this is one of the finest places in the world to live! boo2005
  • Score: -4

9:52pm Tue 24 Dec 13

concernedofBrighton says...

Why does this government revel in making people miserable?

At least ANOTHER U-turn has been completed.

Maggie would be spinning in her grave.


*perfect Xmas would be the news of Ian Duncan Smiths death by choking on his Xmas dinner. People have taken their lives due to his evilness this year.

Nothing to do with the story but I had to vent.
Why does this government revel in making people miserable? At least ANOTHER U-turn has been completed. Maggie would be spinning in her grave. *perfect Xmas would be the news of Ian Duncan Smiths death by choking on his Xmas dinner. People have taken their lives due to his evilness this year. Nothing to do with the story but I had to vent. concernedofBrighton
  • Score: 1

1:16am Wed 25 Dec 13

boo2005 says...

Happy Christmas to all of the 'good' people in the world, and to the rest of you, may something blast your idiot head off of your body, hopefully, to let you wriggle in agony through internity!
Happy Christmas to all of the 'good' people in the world, and to the rest of you, may something blast your idiot head off of your body, hopefully, to let you wriggle in agony through internity! boo2005
  • Score: 3

9:48am Wed 25 Dec 13

jackthekipper says...

unfortunately its a tit for tat thing with australia,they deport brits every single day for overstaying visas etc,ive seen cases where brits whove been in oz for 20 years or more,families,jobs,l
oans the whole works taken down to chatsworth or chatswood and given their marching orders for some misdemeanor or other.even driving offences.
good luck to this bloke,but i cant help wondering why he didnt consider taking his family back with him to escape the cess pit that is 21st century britain.
unfortunately its a tit for tat thing with australia,they deport brits every single day for overstaying visas etc,ive seen cases where brits whove been in oz for 20 years or more,families,jobs,l oans the whole works taken down to chatsworth or chatswood and given their marching orders for some misdemeanor or other.even driving offences. good luck to this bloke,but i cant help wondering why he didnt consider taking his family back with him to escape the cess pit that is 21st century britain. jackthekipper
  • Score: 3

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