Early day motion 714

CHANGE TO RULES ON SUBMITTING NEW EVIDENCE IN ASYLUM CASES

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Total number of signatures: 39

Bayley, Hugh Blomfield, Paul Bottomley, Peter Caton, Martin
Corbyn, Jeremy Davies, Geraint Doran, Frank Durkan, Mark
Flynn, Paul George, Andrew Gilmore, Sheila Glindon, Mary
Godsiff, Roger Hancock, Mike Harris, Tom Huppert, Julian
Kaufman, Gerald Lazarowicz, Mark Leech, John Llwyd, Elfyn
Long, Naomi Lucas, Caroline McDonnell, John McKechin, Ann
Meacher, Michael Mulholland, Greg Osborne, Sandra Pugh, John
Ritchie, Margaret Ruddock, Joan Russell, Bob Sanders, Adrian
Stunell, Andrew Sutcliffe, Gerry Teather, Sarah Thornton, Mike
Ward, David Williams, Mark Wright, David

That this House expresses concern that the Home Office has made a rule change, due to be enforced on 26 January 2015, so that asylum seekers who have been refused leave to remain will have to submit evidence in person in Liverpool regarding their case, regardless of where they are living; notes that asylum seekers who have been refused leave to remain can under current arrangements present evidence at a local centre; further notes that this means it is more affordable for charities, other organisations and individuals to help pay for an asylum seeker's travel fare or volunteer to take somebody who cannot use public transport due to a disability or other reasons; expresses further concern that the rule change will make it much harder for asylum seekers to present evidence which may be crucial to correctly resolving their case; and urges the Government to abandon this rule change and ensure that people seeking protection in the UK are able to present evidence relating to their case.