Shamima Begum is not back in the UK

8th Oct 2020

Claim

Shamima Begum is back in the UK.

Conclusion

As of October 2020 this is not true.

A post shared hundreds of times on Facebook has claimed that Shamima Begum, the woman who left the UK as a teenager in 2015 to go to Syria, has been allowed back into the UK. It also claims her protection and legal aid has all been paid for by the taxpayer.

It is not true that Ms Begum is back in the UK. We have seen this claim numerous times, and it has never been correct. 

In July, it was ruled by the Court of Appeal that Ms Begum should be allowed to come to the UK to fight the decision to remove her British citizenship. The Home Office is due to appeal this decision at the Supreme Court next month.

Cherie Blair’s office has previously confirmed to us that neither she nor her law firm has ever represented Ms Begum.