Following Argyll and Bute Councils visa application for Sine Halfpenny – a Canadian Gaelic teacher who is fully qualified to teach in Scotland- being declined by the home office local MSP Michael Russell has expressed a deep disappointment at the UK Government’s immigration policy.
Commenting on the decision Mr Russell said:
“This ridiculous decision by the UK Government shows their nonsensical position on immigration. There is literally no one else to take this job and the candidate who has been successful is desperately keen to teach on Mull.”
“Migration based upon an artificial cap on numbers is a disgraceful approach which can only damage Scotland. The price for this UK Government folly is being paid by the parents and children of Bunessan.”
“The parents of Bunessan have put in an awful lot of hard work to get a Gaelic unit established and to find that the final blockage in getting the dedicated teacher required is London Tory obsession with keeping migration numbers down is both outrageous and ridiculous”
“I have asked the Scottish Government to support the council in redoubling its efforts to get this sorted for the good of the children and community on Mull”