Any foreign national who comes to this country and abuses our hospitality by breaking the law should be in no doubt of the UK’s determination to deport them.
The UK Borders Act 2007, approved by Parliament, outlines that the Secretary of State must make a deportation order in respect of a foreign criminal sentenced to imprisonment for a period of 12 months or more, unless their case meets one of the exceptions set out in the Act.
It is important not to forget that these individuals are criminals and have broken the law. I hope you can appreciate that it is not appropriate for me to comment in detail or about the specifics of individual cases, especially if legal proceedings are ongoing. It is important for anyone in public office not to jeopardise the legal process in any way.
I understand that Osime Brown is currently serving a five year prison sentence for robbery, attempted robbery and perverting the course of justice. As mentioned above, it is important not to intervene while legal proceedings continue. However, I will continue to monitor developments closely.
Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.
Sally-Ann Hart MP