We have an urgent request: the call for Status Now for All is being carried into Parliament in an Early Day Motion – EDM #658 as follows:
EDM #658 – LEAVE TO REMAIN STATUS
That this House notes that there are currently an unknown number of persons in the UK who are not citizens of the UK and who do not at present have leave to remain in this country, who lack any entitlement to support from the state and are therefore entirely without funds to feed, clothe and house themselves and their families and who are unable to comply with government guidance on self-isolation and social distancing; and considers it essential that the government takes immediate action to ensure that leave to remain in the United Kingdom is granted to all such persons who are within the UK but are not citizens, irrespective of their nationality or immigration status, so that they can access healthcare, food and housing to enable them to adhere to government advice on social distancing, and to ensure the health of themselves and their families as well as helping protect the health of all of us.
We are grateful to Claudia Webbe MP, Leicester East for agreeing to table the motion with support from a group of MPs:
Please will you contact your own MP, and to inform your networks about this EDM, asking them to bring it to their MP’s attention and inviting them to sign it, or if they are not able to sign by virtue of their position in Parliament, then to verbally support it in conversation with their colleagues.
You can find your MP’s contact details here using your postcode: https://members.parliament.uk/FindYourMP
A suggested letter that could be sent to MPs is attached and here:
Dear ** MP
Leave to Remain status: EDM #658
I am writing to ask you to sign and support EDM #658 which calls for undocumented migrants and all those in legal process to be granted Leave to Remain. This change will enable them to access healthcare, food and housing, thereby protecting their own health and the health of those they come into contact with:
That this House notes that currently in the UK there are an unknown number of persons who are not UK citizens, who do not have leave to remain in this country, who lack any entitlement to support from the state, who are therefore entirely without funds to feed, clothe and house themselves and their families and who are unable to comply with Government guidance on self-isolation and social distancing; and considers it essential that the Government takes immediate action to ensure that leave to remain in the UK is granted to all such persons who are within the UK but are not citizens, irrespective of their nationality or immigration status, so that they can access healthcare, food and housing to enable them to adhere to Government advice on social distancing, ensure the health of themselves and their families and help protect the health of all people in the UK. [Tabled 24 June 2020, 2019-21 Session https://edm.parliament.uk/early-day-motion/57173/leave-to-remain-status]
The EDM is self-explanatory, and there is more information to support this EDM, including numerous examples of people to whom this would apply, on the Status Now website http://www.statusnow4all.org
I hope you can support this motion,
Writing is probably the best method, as it provides a written record that can be referred to later. You can:
- Write a letter to your MP at: House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA
- Email them using the contact details in our Directory of MPs
Remember: always include your own address when you write to your MP so that they will know you live in their constituency.
If you are unable to write or you just want to ask a quick question or make an appointment, you can telephone your MP’s office:
- To telephone their office at the House of Commons, call 020 7219 3000 and ask to be put through to their office giving your MP’s name
- To phone your MP at their local constituency office, you will find the contact details at your local town hall or library, or it may be given in the Directory of MPs
Many MPs can be contacted through Twitter and other platforms. They may also run their own websites. We have added these details to the information in the Directory of MPs where possible.
Attend an MP’s surgery
Most MPs hold regular sessions called surgeries where they meet constituents to talk about issues of concern. If you go to a constituency surgery, it’s best to contact your MP’s office first, to find out whether you need an appointment. Your MP’s website, or your local library may have more information about when and where surgeries are taking place.