I'm delighted at the news that Syrian asylum seeker, Yousef Hasan, has been granted the right to stay in the UK.
I've been campaigning and making representation to the Home Office to seek refugee status for Yousef to allow him to stay with his family in their adopted home in Middlesbrough.
Yousef fled Syria in 2014 and travelled to the UK to join his family who has already been granted asylum. Since then, he and his family have had to endure an agonising wait.
Now, he has received correspondence from the Home Office granting him Leave to Remain for five years.
This is absolutely fabulous news for Yousef and his family and friends. They have all been through the most desperate of experiences fleeing war and torture in their troubled homeland of Syria.
I want to thank the Home Office and all the Ministers who have been involved in this heartbreaking case and I and sincerely grateful to them for listening to the representations we made to them. I also want to thank my MEP colleagues Jude Kirton Darling and Paul Brannen for their assistance and support throughout this process.
That Yousef can now get on with his life, and with his family, continue to make such a great contribution to our community, is a massive relief to all concerned.