Tuesday, 29 September 2009
Ask Baroness Scotland for her Opinion???
A checkout girl picked to model for Tesco in a glossy advertising blitz has been exposed as an illegal immigrant.
But dont worry Tesco its only like not paying a congestion charge..........to quote Patricia Scotland.
Fatou Cham, 32, came to the UK from Gambia, West Africa, in 1998 on a student visa but stayed after it expired in 2001.
Miss Cham, who works at the Tesco store, in Beckton, east London, was chosen from hundreds of hopefuls to model the Florence and Fred clothing range for an ad campaign used in women's magazines.
Next to a picture of Miss Cham modelling a blue dress and heels were the words: "Designed by F&F. Priced by Tesco. Modelled by Fatou, checkout number 6, Tesco, east London."
Immigration officers questioned her at her home in East Ham, east London, on Monday.
She was quoted in the Sunday Mirror as saying: ""I came here for a better life and never set out to deceive anyone.
"I just want to stay here with my family and be happy."
Yeh right course you did honey.
She said she had been excited to be chosen for the Tesco campaign and had hoped it would bring her other opportunities.
"Now it has all gone horribly wrong," she added.
Miss Cham initially came to the UK to study banking, economics and finance at London Metropolitan University.
Her mother and eldest child were allowed to join her in the UK in 2000. Her two other children were born in Britain.
Miss Cham applied to stay in the UK when her student visa ran out but was refused permission.
A further application in January this year was also turned down and she has appealed to the High Court.
When Miss Cham joined Tesco in 2002, overseas citizens just needed a national insurance number to work in the UK.
But since 2004 they have been required to have a valid work visa, although this did not apply to those already in employment.
A Tesco spokeswoman said: "As soon as we were made aware of this issue by the UK Border Agency we co-operated fully with the investigation.
Well as I said ask the Attorney General for her complete ruling on the law. I am sure for an additional 170K in incorrect expenses she will be able to give an unbias opinion.