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Gamu family launch legal bid to stay in UK

X Factor contestant Gamu Nhengu and her family have launched a legal bid to overturn a Home Office order expelling them from the UK. The family – who have lived in Scotland for 8 years – face deportation back to their native Zimbabwe after mum Nokuthula Ngazana’s application to extend her working visa was rejected.

Now lawyer Peter Farrell says he’ll seek a judicial review from the Court Of Session in Edinburgh. Nokuthula’s visa application is thought to have been turned down because she had received benefits she was not entitled to as an immigrant.

But Peter claims his client was told by the Inland Revenue to apply for the tax credits and that they were aware of her immigration status. ‘We will ask for a judicial review of the decision,’ he says. ‘And we will show that our client was given permission by the Inland Revenue in the full knowledge of her immigration status.’

Yesterday, more than 400 locals gathered outside Gamu’s home in Tillicoultry, Clackmannanshire, to show their support. Scottish Parliament MP Keith Brown, who represents the area, is also backing her.

TV crews park up outside Gamu's block of flats as onlookers stare on

‘I have known Gamu for a number of years and heard her sing many times,’ he tells the BBC. ‘She is the kind of hard-working talent we should have in Scotland. ‘If there are any problems over the family’s status we should work to resolve them not see them sent away.’

On Sunday’s X Factor, viewers saw Gamu, 18, fail to make it into Cheryl Cole’s top 3. The Girls Aloud star instead chose Rebecca Ferguson, Katie Waissel and Cher Lloyd. Now Magazine