'X Factor's Gamu wins deportation appeal

Thursday May 12, 2011

Former X Factor contestant Gamu Nhengu and her family have won their appeal against deportation, her lawyer announced.

The 19-year was voted off the hit television show last year by judge Cheryl Cole, who came under fire for her decision.

It then emerged that her family were refused leave to stay in the UK by the Home Office after a decision passed at the immigration court in Glasgow.

The news came after allegations that her mother, a nurse, had wrongly claimed working tax credits.

The family has always contested the allegation, which was successfully appealed against at a private hearing. 

And on Wednesday, the lawyer who represents the Nhengu family welcomed "the first great news they've had for months" - that of their successful appeal.

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