My organisation lobbied for this very cause some eight years ago and was given an emphatic "no" by Peter Lloyd, the then minister at the Home Office. However, Roy Hattersley, shadow Home Secretary at that time, in his reply to our lobbying, said: "Labour shall give Hong Kong residents of Indian descent, who would otherwise become stateless, a right of abode in the United Kingdom and eventually nationality."
Since then the present shadow Foreign Secretary, Robin Cook, has given a commitment, during his visit in Hong Kong, to grant the stateless Indians the right of abode and eventual British citizenship if desired.
Our campaigning for the stateless Indians will bear fruit if a Labour government is returned.
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