Author: Rob Merrick
The immigration minister is under fire after preventing people desperate for help with family cases from contacting her on Twitter.
The Home Office defended her decision, insisting individual cases should not be discussed on Twitter and that she had “passed on correspondence through the correct channels”.
But a leading immigration law firm condemned Ms Nokes actions as “overzealous and certainly not acceptable in a democratic society”.
“It is concerning that an applicant has been barred from contacting Ms Nokes on Twitter for simply requesting information pertaining to his case,” said Syed Naqvi, the head of the immigration department at ITN Solicitors.
“How can she claim to be able to address the problems with our immigration system when she is not even prepared to listen to its service users?”
Vince Cable, the Liberal democrat leader, told The Independent: “This is not proper and courteous behaviour. The Home Office should reply to these complaints promptly in this hostile environment to visitors and immigrants.”