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At the end of November, kidney transplant patient, Roseline Akhalu won her appeal against deportation (see previous article here). Unfortunately, Tory Home Secretary Teresa May has decided to appeal the decision and her campaign team have appealed for messages of protest to be sent to her at the following addresses (mayt@parliament.uk, UKBApublicenquiries@UKBA.gsi.gov.uk, CITTO@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk, Privateoffice.external@homeoffice.gsi.gov.uk), via post to (Rt. Hon Theresa May, MP, Secretary of State for the Home Office,2 Marsham St London SW1P 4DF) of fax to (0207 035 4745). They ask that Roseline Akhalu’s Home Office Reference Number is mentioned in all correspondence – A1344782. You can also find a model letter on Roseline’s campaign team’s facebook group (Campaign to Stop the Deportation of Roseline Akhalu)

Below we reproduce a letter we have sent from the Socialist Party in Leeds and we would urge readers of this blog to do the same.

Dear Home Secretary,

HO Ref No A1344782

We were very disappointed, but unfortunately not suprised, to hear your decision to appeal the judgement of the recent immigration tribunal in Bradford which found in favour of transplant patient Roseline Akhalu’s right to remain in the UK. Because of Roseline’s medical condition she needs access to immunosuppresant drugs for the rest of her life, which she would not have access to if deported. Her renal specialist, James Tattersall, has confirmed that “Deportation will be a death sentence“.

We notice that this is not the only case of your government deciding to deport people to a country where their lives are in danger, the UKBA earlier this year attempted to deport an LGBT woman from Leeds to Jamaica, known for the appaling situation for LGBT people there. Similar situations exist in a whole host of other countries, such as Uganda.

We are opposed to all racist immigration laws, which in our opinion are there to divide ordinary people, especially when people face losing their lives. If you proceed with the appeal and succeed in the matter then you will have Roseline’s blood on your hands. Moreover, it will increase the determination of ourselves and others to fight harder against further deportations, as well as the other failing policies of your government, most notably in regards to austerity which is increasing the misery of all working people under your rule.

We urge you to drop the appeal, as well as the policy of deportations.

Iain Dalton
on behalf of Leeds Socialist Party