Shamima Begum: 288,100 votes cast in talkRADIO poll

Some 99% of voters say Shamima Begum should not be allowed to return

Thursday, February 21, 2019

A talkRADIO poll which asked whether Islamic State bride Shamima Begum should be allowed to return to the UK has received 288,100 votes.

Despite Begum being born in Britain some 99% of voters say she should be denied entry, while 1% believe she should be allowed to return.

Begum, now 19-years-old, is staying in a Syrian refugee camp where she recently gave birth to a baby boy.



Sajid Javid revoked her British citizenship on Tuesday declaring his priority was the "safety and security" of the UK.

The Home Secretary made the move after the teenager, who fled London aged 15 to join Islamic State's self-proclaimed caliphate in Syria, said she wanted to return to the UK with her newborn son.


'Very extreme' 

Jeremy Corbyn has criticised the decision to strip Begum of her British citizenship and said she should be permitted to return to the UK to face questioning.

The Labour leader criticised Mr Javid's action as "very extreme" after diplomatic tensions broke out with Bangladesh denying the 19-year-old had citizenship in the nation she has apparently never visited.

Begum was believed to be a dual British-Bangladeshi national, but her family lawyer Tasnime Akunjee has said she has never held a Bangladeshi passport.



The Bangladeshi government has said Begum is not a Bangladeshi citizen and will not be allowed to enter the country.

Independent adviser Sara Khan said: "The Government has to recognise the unease felt by a wide range of people about decisions of this kind, not least those from minority communities with dual nationality.

"It has to build trust in its approach, because Islamist extremists will exploit alienation and grievance to turn people against their country," she said.