We are delighted to announce a stellar line up for our Seminar, held in conjunction with the JCWI AGM.
Manjit Singh Gill QC, who's been fighting the case MM and Ors vs SSHD which threatens to put a hole in the Home Office's anti-family immigration rules is speaking.
John McDonnell MP, the Labour MP for Hayes and Harlington is one of the most principled and eloquent MPs there is. John has been a consistent friend of JCWI over the years and we're so glad to have him on our side.
Guest post by Jeremy Corbyn MP, who is pictured speaking at the Launch meeting of MAX - the Movement Against Xenophobia.
Last weekend a group headed by European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso descended on the Italian island of Lampedusa to express sympathy with the drowning of 274 people from Africa, who had tried to reach it as a gateway to Europe.
This is just the latest of such tragedies. Around 18,000 people have died trying to make the perilous journey across the Mediterranean in the past two decades.
No one should be in any doubt of the severity of the latest threat to a progressive and sound immigration system in the UK. The speeches from Theresa May and Chris Grayling at the Tory Party conference at the end of September signalled an all-out assault on the Human Rights Act and the European Charter on Human Rights.
In 2002, as chair of the Tories, Theresa May told the annual conference that they must shed the image of being the “nasty party” or face years in the wilderness. Well, eleven years later, she has come full circle and declared it’s gloves off time as the nastiness gets cranked up.
The Home Secretary pledges to abolish the Human Rights Act and declared it will be part of the Tory party election manifesto. She also wants The European Court of Human Rights to stop interfering with her decisions so whether we remain signatories to the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) remains to be seen. It is clear though that if there is a Conservative Government in place after the next general election they will try to extricate themselves form the ECHR. She says, “Chris Grayling is leading a review of our relationship with the European Court if leaving the European Convention is what it takes to fix our human rights laws, that is what we should do.”
Comedian Mark Thomas has called a protest outside the offices of the Daily Express. The reckoning goes like this:
Daily Express owner Richard Desmond holds the newspaper in a company (or three) registered in the Channel Islands, a well known no / low tax haven, denying the British treasury of badly needed revenues. There are an estimated 4 million migrants working and paying taxes in the UK, cfeating much needed revenue for the public purse.
The Daily Express benefits from services and the infrastructure of the UK built at tax payers' expense. It is time for the Daily Express, therefore, to STOP SCROUNGING OFF MIGRANTS!
The difficult thing to ascertain in a campaign at times is ‘are we getting anywhere with all this’? It’s not like a chess match where the Government gradually let more and more people in as their Family Immigration rules collapse. There’s certainly so many combinations and permutations of what could happen, prediction becomes a tricky business.
In the reams written on the Family Immigration rule changes of July 2012 (a fair proportion of which appears on this website), there have been a number of lies exposed. We thought it might be of service to our readers to provide a little piece with most of them lined up for inspection. Obviously we’re not going to get every single lie and you’re welcome to add to our little list in the comments below, but this is for starters:
A Brief Summary:
1600 responses were received to these further proposed changes to the Legal Aid scheme. Chris Grayling, the Justice Secretary has responded as follows:
A very well researched and sensitive report into the effects of the Family Immigration Rules of July 2012. Simon Israel interviews Andy Russell who is reunited with his wife, Molly, who herself is reunited with her two boys, Devon and Dylan after a year of separation. Simon also speaks to Christopher Reed who won his fight in court to bring his wife to the UK, only to discover the Home Office are appeaing against that decision, leaving him in limbo still longer. Saira Grant, JCWI's Legal Policy Director is also interviewed.
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