Highland MSP in backlash at Canadian singer’s tough treatment on entry to UK
Allison Crowe and her band are bundled back aboard flight home
By JANE CANDLISH
A Highland MSP has condemned the “draconian” treatment of a Canadian singer and her band who were denied entry to the UK.
Allison Crowe was to stay with friends in Sutherland and tour the UK
But, on arriving at Gatwick Airport, London, she was locked up and fingerprinted because she had no certificate of sponsorship, which performers from outwith the EU require before they can play at gigs in this country.
Eventually immigration officers barred Miss Crowe and her band from entering the UK, and later deported them. Ms Crowe, 27, was to tour the UK and spend time with friends she made in Sutherland during the Northern Lights John Lennon Festival two years ago.
SNP MSP Rob Gibson said: “This is a crazy policy and a disgraceful way to treat a legitimate visitor.
“I very much enjoyed her performance two years ago in Durness and am absolutely scunnered by the fact that she and her band will not be able to visit there or perform in the UK due to a draconian and ludicrous dictate from the Home Office."
“She and her band members were treated as common terrorists, which is sickening.
“The Home Office could learn from the German authorities who said they were horrified by the way in which Allison was treated by the British and have warmly welcomed her for her tour.
“Also it seems that Austria and the Czech Republic have no problems with Ms Crowe and her band touring there."
“This law has to repealed as soon as possible so that the culture of Scotland and the wider UK is not tarnished."