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This musician is still fighting to stay in the UK

PICTURED: Owen Haisley

WEEKS AFTER his threatened deportation to Jamaica, Manchester musician Owen Haisley still remains at risk of removal from the country.

The 45-year-old father-of-three has lived in the UK for more than four decades, arriving in this country when he was only four years old.

More than 100,000 people have so far signed a petition calling for him to be released.

Speaking from Harmondsworth Immigration Removal Centre in the London Borough of Hillingdon, said he had been left in “a complete no-man’s land”.

Thanking his supporters, he said: “It has been extremely difficult as I have been unable to update my kids on when they will next see me in person – something which I know has greatly affected their wellbeing.”

On February 7, a Pre-Action Protocol letter (PAP) was led with the Home Of ce by Owen’s solicitor. To date, the Home Office has not responded, despite the efforts of both the solicitor and Manchester Central Labour MP Lucy Powell.

Conservative MP for Maccles eld, David Rutley, has written to Home Secretary Sajid Javid, on behalf of Owen’s young children and asked the Home Of ce to update Owen’s family about the case.

Owen’s friend and campaigner, Mike Burgess, said: “Despite over 100,000 people signing a petition to stop Owen’s deportation, plus cross party political support for his release, we are still entirely in the dark regarding Owen’s future in the UK due to a complete lack of communication from the Home Office. Owen remains detained indefinitely at Harmondsworth IRC and our fight for justice continues.”

The mother of his children, Tracey Udale, described the last 12 months as an “horrific ordeal” as Owen was initially detained for five months, then released before being detained again. She said: “We are all desperate for news and pray that the Home Of ce will release Owen so he is able to return to Manchester to continue being the amazing dad that he is.”

Lucy Powell MP said that Owen’s case was deeply troubling and went to the heart of the Government’s “hostile environment policy”.

“I object to Owen being labelled as a ‘foreign national’. Britain is his home. He has lived here for more than 40 years and since he was four years old. He has never been to Jamaica since and has no family there.”

“He has British children here, who need a dad. Since the moment I found out about Owen’s detention and threatened deportation I have been fighting for his right to remain,” she added.

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