Shabana Mahmood MP Labour Member of Parliament for Birmingham Ladywood
Last week Shabana was contacted on behalf of a constituent who was due to be deported on a flight to Jamaica, a story receiving national news coverage.
The constituent came to the UK in April 2003 as a student and joined the British Army. He was deployed to Afghanistan, completing two tours of duty. He also has children who are British citizens.
The constituent was later discharged from the Army and diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Bipolar Disorder. Shabana understands he received no care after he left the army, despite suffering terrible flashbacks to his service.
Due to having no recourse to public funds, the constituent had been unable to obtain a medical report showing his mental wellbeing has deteriorated.
Shabana raised the case several times over the week, speaking in the chamber linking it to the Windrush scandal, and appearing on the Victoria Derbyshire show.
The constituent was granted a temporary reprieve from deportation on the day the flight was due to depart.
Commenting on the case, Shabana said:
“One of my constituents was set for deportation this morning. He fought for our country in 2 tours of Afghanistan and didn’t receive the support for PTSD he needed. His story is just one of the reasons why we must reflect on what it means to be a British citizen.
“We cannot just wash our hands of people who have never known any other country, of people who have served our country, or of people who have had children in our country. We have to review our whole approach to this issue — and implement the independent review in full.”