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MP welcomes Gamu hearing decision

An MP has welcomed the news that snubbed X Factor star Gamu Nhengu has passed a key hurdle in her fight to stay in the UK.

The 18-year-old singer, who was booted off the ITV talent show at the judges' houses stage, was told she must return to her native Zimbabwe after her mother Nokuthula Ngazana's visa application was turned down.

But the family, who live in Tillicoultry, Clackmannanshire, have now been given a lifeline after being granted a full appeal hearing against the visa refusal before a judge at Glasgow's Immigration Court on November 26.

The family's local Labour MP, Gordon Banks, welcomed the latest development.

Mr Banks, who represents Ochil & South Perthshire, said: "I am glad that legal action on the family's appeal has been successful."

He added: "I remain in contact with the family and continue to work in every way I can to support them."

The family's Glasgow-based lawyer, Frances Farrell, confirmed that the full hearing would take place later this month.

Mrs Farrell said: "The appeal will be held in front of a judge and then the judge will decide whether or not to allow the appeal."

Miss Nhengu became a household name when X Factor judge Cheryl Cole failed to put her through to the live shows.

Her controversial axing caused a storm among viewers, with hundreds of thousands of fans signing up to a page on social networking website Facebook demanding her reinstatement.

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