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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department – in the House of Commons at 2:30 pm on 15th October 2012.

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Photo of Paul Blomfield Paul Blomfield Labour, Sheffield Central 2:30 pm, 15th October 2012

While working for P&O ferries, my constituent, Mark Hanson, met his partner, a foreign national with whom he is having a child. She has been refused entry clearance because Mark has been deemed unable to meet the sponsor requirements, although his parents have offered him employment and accommodation for the couple and their child. Does the Home Secretary recognise that that case highlights how the inflexibility of her new rules unfairly prevents many British citizens from bringing their partners to the UK? Will she meet me and Mark’s parents to consider their case for their family to be united?