2,000-name petition to stop Hanham mum being deported is delivered to 10 Downing Street

Kingswood MP Chris Skidmore with Rhian, Mae and Kevin Draper at Downing Street today

Kingswood MP Chris Skidmore with Rhian, Mae and Kevin Draper and his 92-year-old mother Catherine at Downing Street today

The campaign to stop the UK Border Agency from splitting up the Draper family from Hanham went to 10 Downing Street today.

Mae Draper, 41, who has been married to her husband Kevin for 20 years, is facing deportation to the Philippines as she was issued with the wrong visa when she needed to come back to this country following a visit to the Far East to see her father.

The family, who live in Ansteys Road with daughter Rhian, 14, and Kevin’s mother Catherine, are now in their second year of legal negotiations and the latest refusal by the Upper Tribunal to grant permanent residency for his wife led to Mr Draper contacting local MP Chris Skidmore for help.

Mr Skidmore has been supporting the Draper family, calling their story “tragic and distressing” and set up a petition which has been signed in total by more than 2,000 people.

The MP accompanied the family to No 10 this afternoon to hand in the petition.

Rhian attends the John Cabot Academy in Kingswood which has also been supporting the family. A member of the Sea Cadets, she wore her uniform to Downing Street today.