Australia Susan Lamb clear to contest by-election after renouncing UK citizenship

23:06  15 may  2018
23:06  15 may  2018 Source:   9news.com.au

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Labor MP Susan Lamb has tearfully told parliament she can’t renounce UK citizenship because her mother abandoned her. “We’ve had people with rights to citizenship that have stood down and gone to a by - election — we have a citizen that is refusing to even test the case,” he said.

The most marginal seat among the pending by - elections is Longman, held by Labor's Susan Lamb . The ABC understands the Labor party has submitted an application for Ms Lamb to renounce her citizenship .

Labor's Susan Lamb has had her British citizenship renounced, clearing the way for her to nominate for the by-election for her Queensland seat.

Ms Lamb resigned last week for being a dual citizen and therefore unable to sit in Federal Parliament.

It came, along with the resignations of two other Labor MPs, almost immediately after the High Court ruled colleague Katy Gallagher was ineligible to be in the Senate.

a person sitting at a table: Susan Lamb has finally renounced her UK citizenship. (AAP) © AAP Susan Lamb has finally renounced her UK citizenship. (AAP)

All three were under the same citizenship cloud but had refused to resign, arguing they'd taken all reasonable steps to sever their ties with the UK.

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When Susan Lamb began to plead for her job, she knew she couldn’t avoid talking about her difficult past. “Not everybody wants to renounce their dual citizenship and why should they have to?” Severing ties. The latest round of resignations means there will be another four by - elections to

Lamb renounced her citizenship before the 2016 election , but was informed by the UK Home Office after she filed the paperwork and paid the fee that she needed a copy of her parents' marriage certificate.

The Labor Party has produced a letter from the British Home Office, formally renouncing Ms Lamb's citizenship.

The Home Office request for her to produce her parents' marriage certificate, showing she'd acquired British citizenship by descent, prompted a tearful reply in parliament, with the former member for Longman explaining she couldn't locate the certificate because her father had died and she was estranged from her mother.

Her mother told The Australian newspaper her daughter hadn't sought help finding the document.

The party submitted a new application to renounce her citizenship hours after she resigned.

Ms Lamb has been endorsed to contest the marginal seat, north of Brisbane. 

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