Stephen Lloyd, the Liberal Democrat MP for Eastbourne and Willingdon, yesterday accused the Home Office of “callousness”, following their decision to refuse visitor visas for the family of a five year old girl who died after being hit by a car in the UK. The Home Office’s decision to refuse Andrea Gada’s grandparents and aunt visas, has resulted in the funeral being postponed.
UK Home Office’s Refusal of Family’s Visitor’s Visa
On 16 December 2014, five year old Andrea Gada was hit by a car in Eastbourne in East Sussex as she walked home from school with her father and stepped out into the road. Following her tragic death, the local community raised £5000 to support her parents and pay for her grandparents and aunt to fly to the UK from Zimbabwe for the funeral.
The Home Office have now refused Andrea Gada’s family visitor visas; the family have stated that the Home Office’s had said that it was “not satisfied that [they had] demonstrated that this will be a simple visit of three months or that [their] intentions are genuine in wishing to travel to the United Kingdom”.
UK Home Office’s Visa Decision “Lacks Compassion”
Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd, criticised the Home Office’s decision:
“I am extremely angry at the callousness shown by the Home Office. To me this is an immigration decision which lacks compassion and basic decency; attributes which I know are front and centre with the vast majority of British people. I have written a further urgent letter to the Immigration Minister, James Brokenshire MP, asking that he intervene and reconsider his officials’ decision. A young girl has died tragically.”
MP Stephen Lloyd has now requested James Brokenshire to grant the Zimbabwean family temporary visas to allow them to pay their respect to Andrea Gada.
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