Eastbourne family take visa petition to Downing Street

The Gadas, with Stephen Lloyd and supporters, at 10 Downing Street
The Gadas, with Stephen Lloyd and supporters, at 10 Downing Street
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The parents of Andrea Gada have taken their visa battle to the Prime Minister, when they handed over a petition at Downing Street today (January 27).

The petition, hosted on campaign website change.org, called for David Cameron to allow the Gada’s family to travel to the UK and attend the five-year-old’s funeral, and had been signed by 95,000 people at the time of delivery.

Attending the presentation were Mr and Mrs Gada, Stephen Lloyd MP and members of the 7th Day Adventist Church in Polegate, East Sussex.

Mr Lloyd said, “I really am profoundly disappointed this issue remains unresolved.

“With the Archbishop of York now joining the Bishop of Chichester in asking the Prime Minister to intervene, along with the 95,000 people from across the UK who signed the petition in a matter of a few days, surely David Cameron must heed our call.

“I have written to him again to ask he listen to the Gada family, to Eastbourne, to the wider British public and the Church leaders and congregations who have been so supportive. Let them come, Prime Minister. Please make that call.”

The family were turned down twice, when they tried to secure temporary travel visas for the grandparents and aunt of Andrea Gada, the five-year old girl who died in a traffic accident in Eastbourne last month.