The father of a former world champion boxer is among those to have been caught up in the Windrush scandal , an MP has said.
Labour’s Anna McMorrin yesterday told the story of Welsh boxer Steve Robinson’s father Stanford, who came to the UK from Jamaica in 1955.
In 1993 Steve, then working as a storeman at Debenhams, took a fight at 48 hours’ notice and amazingly won the world featherweight title.
Speaking in the Commons, Cardiff North MP Ms McMorrin said: “As a new MP, one of my first cases last year was with Mr Robinson, a resident of Jamaican descent who came to me for help.
“He had been living in this country since the 1950s, working and paying taxes his whole life here, and making a valuable contribution.
“He’s proud that his son became a world champion boxer.
“From working as a storeman in Cardiff with just two days’ notice, accepted a fight for the world featherweight, and won.
“Having never needed a passport since he lost his many decades ago, along with his naturalisation documents, when Mr Robinson tried to apply for a new passport so he could attend a wedding in Jamaica just last year, he was sent a letter saying they had no record of him and he needed to re-apply for naturalisation, and pay the fees, which he did.
“And then the Home Office told him he wasn’t automatically entitled to citizenship.
“In the final letter, he was told that because he had failed to register his British citizenship upon Jamaica’s independence, he’d been relinquished of his British nationality in place of a Jamaican one without his knowledge.
“And at 85, having been in this country for over 63 years, Mr Robinson is one of the oldest and one of the longest UK residents caught up in this fiasco.”