I was deeply concerned that the actions of the Home Office under the now Prime Minister Theresa May appear to, at best, show a disregard for the judgement of the Court of Appeal, and of the principles contained in the European Convention on Human Rights.
I am pleased that after significant lobbying by MPs, Mr. Sehwerert and Mr. Nordelo were allowed entry to the UK to meet with Parliamentarians on 11th July. Many MPs, including SNP MPs, were present to meet the gentlemen and hear of their experiences of Cuba.
Whilst it is welcome that common sense finally prevailed in this instance, I am concerned that this incident is part of a much wider worrying trend set by the UK Government in its attitude towards immigration, asylum and human rights. As you may know, the UK Government remains committed to repealing the Human Rights Act which would be a severe retrograde step for human rights in the UK. Rest assured that my SNP colleagues and I will continue to exert pressure on the new Prime Minister Theresa May and the UK Government to take a more considered and respectful approach to immigration, asylum and human rights.