Lamb won’t be rissoled
Labor MP declares proof she was clear to stand
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.