Just what Britain needs, I am sure! A report from “Newstime Africa” below:

Thou­sands of asy­lum seek­ers in the UK are to ben­e­fit from new rules set by the gov­ern­ment to clear back­logs of about 450,000 appli­cants within the immi­gra­tion sys­tem, accord­ing to Britain’s Daily Tele­graph News­pa­per. The Daily Tele­graph is say­ing that the Home Office has lost track of tens of thou­sands of migrants who should have left the coun­try at least six years ago, and some as far back as the 1990s. In 2006 the gov­ern­ment had promised to clear a back­log of 450,000 asy­lum claims by 2011. How­ever, offi­cials realised that in the cases of some 40,000 claimants, it was tougher to remove them from Britain because they came from coun­tries with poor human rights records such as Iran, Zim­babwe, Soma­lia and Nige­ria.

The paper went on to say that Min­is­ters have agreed that home office offi­cials could change the guide­lines to grant the 40,000 peo­ple indef­i­nite leave to remain in the coun­try. Accord­ing to the report, Matthew Coats, head of immi­gra­tion for the UK Bor­der Agency, had sent a memo in July this year to Alan John­son, Home Sec­re­tary, and Phil Woolas, the immi­gra­tion min­is­ter, advis­ing that rules be relaxed to clear the back­log by grant­ing leave to remain in the UK to migrants if they have been liv­ing in the UK for at least 4 – 6 years instead of the pre­vi­ously stated rules that they must have been liv­ing in the coun­try for 10 -12 years. As usual the con­ser­v­a­tive oppo­si­tion led by David Cameron is against the new rules.

But African’s across the UK have wel­comed the news and this will give a big boost to the Labour party in the forth­com­ing gen­eral elec­tions as this would mean over a mil­lion fam­ily mem­bers who may not have been eli­gi­ble to vote as a result of their sta­tus would now cast their votes for the first time in the UK. We are urg­ing all those who are set to ben­e­fit from this new rules to cast their votes for the Labour party as they have shown courage in the face of con­ser­v­a­tive adver­sity to make this pos­i­tive move that will go down well in places as far as vil­lages in remote areas in Africa whose loved ones have faced intol­er­a­ble suf­fer­ing in Britain as a result of touch immi­gra­tion poli­cies.

For a long time now this press has called for amnesty for the thou­sands of immi­grants from Africa liv­ing here in the UK. And we must com­mend the British Prime Min­is­ter Gor­don Brown along with the new Home Sec­re­tary Alan John­son together with Immi­gra­tion Min­is­ter Phil Woolas who have shown so much com­pas­sion and acknowl­edge­ment of the fine con­tri­bu­tion Africans are mak­ing towards the social and eco­nomic devel­op­ment of the United King­dom. From now on this press would mount a ‘VOTE FOR LABOUR’ cam­paign in recog­ni­tion and appre­ci­a­tion of this bril­liant move by the labour gov­ern­ment to make life much eas­ier for African immi­grants in the UK. This move is a clear indi­ca­tion that the Labour party is the party of the peo­ple!!