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A-level student facing deportation appeals to minister

A Mauritian student facing deportation has appealed directly to immigration minister James Brokenshire to let her stay in the UK to complete her A-levels.

Speaking to ITV News UK Editor Lucy Manning on the phone from inside Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre, Yashika Bageerathi said she just wanted to return to school and finish her studies, adding: "I have worked so hard."

Read: Protests as school appeals over student's deportation

She is due to be deported, despite protests from her school and an online petition that has now gathered more than 170,000 signatures.

Mr Brokenshire told MPs on the home affairs select committee this afternoon that he would listen to Yashika's plea.

More: Top student due to be deported along with rest of family

Home Sec 'will not intervene' over Mauritian student

Home Secretary Theresa May will not intervene in the case of a Mauritian student at a north London school facing deportation from Britain.

Yashika Bageerathi's case has sparked protests from her fellow students. Credit: PA Wire

Immigration minister James Brokenshire said the Home Office's decision that Yashika Bageerathi does not need protection from violence or persecution in her homeland has been upheld.

The 19-year-old's plight sparked protests from her fellow students at Oasis Academy Hadley where she is due to finish her A-Levels.

"In these circumstances and given the extent and level of judicial and other scrutiny the Home Secretary has indicated that she does not feel that it is appropriate to intervene in these circumstances and that does remain our position," Brokenshire told MPs.


Charity claims welfare reforms 'push people away from work'

A year on from the introduction of welfare reforms, the East London charity Community Links has been looking at their impact in Newham, one of the most deprived areas in the country.

They claim that as well as leaving people living on a drastically reduced income, they've pushed people away from work- the opposite of what the government intended.

They insist the reforms will help people out of a cycle of dependency and into work.

The charity says the reforms have left people feeling powerless and with more chaotic lives, hindering their search for work.

They also say that those who need the most help - like those with mental illness- have been the most negatively impacted.

Plan unworkable, unrealistic and unaffordable

ITV London today revealed Boris Johnson plans to spend an extra £2m on lobbying for a new airport in the Thames Estuary. The mayor has already spent over £3m of London taxpayer's money in an attempt to persuade government that his plan should be taken forward.

Dr Onkar Sahota, Labour London Assembly for Ealing & Hillingdon said his plans could create 'economic chaos' for his constituents in Hillingdon and Ealing.

His plan is unworkable, unrealistic and unaffordable. “His plan for a new airport would wreck west London’s economy and create economic chaos for my constituents in Ealing and Hillingdon.

We do need to make sure that Heathrow works for local residents, this means no ‘mixed-mode’, no additional night flights and different flight paths to reduce noise.

These are sensible workable policies that will make a difference and maintain jobs and the local economy.”

– Dr Onkar Sahota, Labour London Assembly for Ealing & Hillingdon

Economic impact of mayor's plans would be "devastating"

The Mayor of London is proposing to spend billions of pounds of public money to forcibly buy and then close Heathrow, immediately putting 112,000 people out of work. He would do this to build an expensive new hub airport at a further cost of £112bn to the taxpayer. The economic impacts of this at both a national and regional level would be devastating.

– Heathrow spokesperson


Mayor remains optimistic about estuary airport


Mayor says he is "always optimistic" the airports' commission will eventually back an estuary airport. @itvlondon


Mayor says the estuary airport has not been ruled out after the idea "was plucked from the waste paper bin" @itvlondon


Boris Johnson says he will "fight on" even if the Airports Commission backs Heathrow expansion. @itvlondon

Terminals to become shopping centres in Mayor's vision

Heathrow terminals would become shopping centres in Johnson's plan for the site Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Archive

Mayor Boris Johnson has laid out his plans with Hillingdon Council leader Ray Puddifoot this morning.

Options for the new area include named like Heathrow City, Heathrow Park and Heathrow Gardens.

The Mayor's idea for Heathrow City would include 80,000 homes and create 90,000 jobs. The terminals would be shopping centres.

Hillingdon's options include a London City-type airport to the north west of Heathrow.

HS2 Heathrow spur 'waste of time and money' says Johnson


Boris Johnson monstered by anti-HS2 campaigner Lottie Jones in Uxbridge. @itvlondon


Johnson agrees the HS2 spur to Heathrow is a "waste of time and a waste of money." @itvlondon

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