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Hundreds support plea not to deport frail pensioner Myrtle Cothill


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In an astonishing bit of hypocrisy, The Daily Express is campaigning for a 92 year old pensioner to be allowed to remain in the UK outside the Immigration Rules. Myrtle Cothill is, like hundreds of other “adult dependent relatives” (in the parlance of immigration control) at risk of being forced to live and die alone, apart from her only family. The Immigration Rules were amended in 2012 to make it virtually impossible for the parents or other adult relatives of British citizens and those settled in the UK to come to the UK. You can read about the requirements of the new ADR rules here. The result is the indignity and heartbreak experienced by Myrtle Cothill and her family. And by very many other families.

The Daily Express, of course, regularly campaigns in favour of reducing immigration to the UK and in favour of harsh immigration laws that will inevitably separate families like that of Ms Cothill.

You can sign the petition for her to be allowed to remain here.

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Colin Yeo

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One Response

  1. Not wholly surprising that the Daily Express is behind her given her colour and nationality – but has she really lost her final appeal given that she only came here last year – and if the only issue is her lack of a visa, wouldn’t Chikwamba apply? It would not be unlike the DE to withhold facts that are not favourable to their story or just lie.