Lamb won’t be ris­soled

La­bor MP de­clares proof she was clear to stand

The Courier-Mail - - NEWS - PAUL SYVRET

SUN­SHINE Coast fed­eral La­bor MP Su­san Lamb has pro­duced doc­u­ments she says clearly demon­strate that she has com­plied with the cit­i­zen­ship pro­vi­sions of the Constitution.

Ms Lamb, who has been sin­gled out by the Fed­eral Govern­ment as pos­si­bly be­ing in­el­i­gi­ble for Par­lia­ment be­cause of her fa­ther’s Bri­tish her­itage, yes­ter­day showed

The Courier-Mail a let­ter from the UK Home Of­fice dated Au­gust 10, 2016, which said it was doubt­ful she was a Bri­tish cit­i­zen to be­gin with.

The let­ter said: “We have re­ceived your re­ply to our re­quest (for ad­di­tional doc­u­ments), but we can­not be sat­is­fied from the doc­u­ments avail­able that you hold Bri­tish cit­i­zen­ship. The ap­pli­ca­tion (to re­nounce cit­i­zen­ship) has there­fore been re­fused.” This, she said, ended a process that be­gan in Jan­uary of that year when she went through what she de­scribed as La­bor’s “ex­haus­tive” vet­ting process.

That raised “red flags”, and by April she had gath­ered to­gether rel­e­vant doc­u­ments, com­pleted the re­nun­ci­a­tion forms and ar­ranged pay­ment of £272 to the Home Of­fice. The doc­u­ments were dis­patched by reg­is­tered post and re­ceived in May, and the pay­ment was pro­cessed on June 6.

On June 7 she for­mally nom­i­nated.

An an­gry Ms Lamb said yes­ter­day that: “I’m in­cred­i­bly frus­trated at the at­tempts to bully and in­tim­i­date me, and I am not go­ing to take this ly­ing down.”

Yes­ter­day’s in­ter­view came just hours af­ter Tas­ma­nian Sen­a­tor Jacqui Lam­bie re­signed from Par­lia­ment be­cause of Bri­tish cit­i­zen­ship in­her­ited from a Scot­tish-born fa­ther.

Ms Lamb’s case was com­plex in that she had a frac­tured child­hood, which saw her mother leave when Ms Lamb was young.

Her fa­ther died years ago, and she is es­tranged from her mother, mak­ing it dif­fi­cult to ac­cess doc­u­ments such as her par­ents’ mar­riage cer­tifi­cate.

“I have noth­ing to hide and just want to get on with my job, and I am not go­ing to be bul­lied,” Ms Lamb said.

She said she waited to re­lease de­tails of her case un­til af­ter La­bor had reached agree­ment with the Fed­eral Govern­ment on the dis­clo­sure reg­i­men for all MPs.

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