Jo visits Glasgow business affected by Home Office decision


East Dunbartonshire MP Jo Swinson recently visited Innocent Clothing in Glasgow to talk to owner and constituent Mohammed Wali about Home Office interference. Mr Wali has had his ability to sponsor visas following a routine check by a a Home Office compliance officer. This puts in jeopardy the livelihoods of the two talented, dedicated long-serving workers that the company sponsored visas for, and has had a knock-on impact on the rest of the business.

Mr Wali has had his ability to sponsor visas following a routine check by a a Home Office compliance officer. This puts in jeopardy the livelihoods of the two talented, dedicated long-serving workers that the company sponsored visas for, and has had a knock-on impact on the rest of the business.

Innocent Clothing is a wholesale clothing retailer run by the Wali family, who also run popular Glasgow shops Osiris, Eurasia Crafts and Geek-aboo. They employ 16 people, and have a turnover of roughly £3m a year.

Jo said:

“It is not right that law-abiding, tax-paying business owners should be treated with such distrust and suspicion by the Home Office. Mr Wali submitted proper evidence that these workers are important, who between them have given 17 years’ service, to his business’s success, but the compliance officer who visited the company didn’t even bother to take the time to talk to the employees or watch what they did. This is completely unfair, and an issue that I am continuing to raise with the Home Office.”


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