Nationality and Borders Bill: Bishop of Durham speaks in support of amendment on Chagossian citizenship

On 28th February 2022, the House of Lords debated the Nationality and Borders Bill in the first day of the report stage. The Bishop of Durham spoke in support of an amendment tabled by Baroness Lister of Burtersett, which would provide a pathway to British Citizenship for former residents of the Chagos Islands and their descendants. The amendment was approved in a vote.

The Lord Bishop of Durham: My Lords, I hold my hands up: I am one of those who, as the noble Baroness, Lady Jones of Moulsecoomb, mentioned earlier, did not know much about this issue before we started this debate. However, I followed it and pay tribute to the noble Baroness, Lady Lister, for the way in which she has led this. It is quite clear that it is completely unjust and needs to be dealt with. I hope that the Minister has noted that, while in most debates, many of us around this House and the noble Lord, Lord Horam, will not agree, we agree on this one completely—100%. There is no justification for anything other than accepting this amendment.


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