Appendix 2D : Opposing Immigration Laws and Deportation

Throughout the 70s and 80s many left-wingers were involved in campaigns against immigration legislation. The 1971 Immigration Act that was introduced by the Tory government, and was the cornerstone of all subsequent immigration control, was regarded as harsh and unfair.

In 1976 the Manchester Law Centre had been established in Longsight, with a political workforce and a supportive management committee. It provided material resources for anti-deportation campaigns and received a small grant from the Council. It operated increasingly as an advice centre.

From 1979 onwards, under Thatcher’s government, even more controls were introduced, and then, in 1981, the British Nationality Act gave those with British nationality the right to come to Britain, while making it more difficult for black people to gain British nationality.

One of the longest (but successful) anti-deportation campaigns was mounted by Nasira Begum[1] from 1978 to 1981. She lived in Longsight and her campaign was supported by a large number of left-wing Labour party members. There were weekly meetings and the Left even got a motion of support through the City Council.

There were many other campaigns that the Left supported, included Anwar Ditta’s campaign for her children to join her (1981)[2], Manda Kunda’s defence campaign, Manjit Kaur and Parveen Khan defence campaign.

Footnotes

[1] Additional info available about this campaign here

[2] More info on this on the archives plus website

Editorial Comments

Text unedited from Kath’s version other than adding links and footnotes. This Appendix relates to Chapter 2.

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