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Devoted husband’s campaign run

James Capon from Pontefract. Doing a 20 mile run to help raise awareness of a little known government ruling, that means his his is stuck in her home country of America because James is not earning a minimum of �18,600 per year.
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James Capon from Pontefract. Doing a 20 mile run to help raise awareness of a little known government ruling, that means his his is stuck in her home country of America because James is not earning a minimum of �18,600 per year. p304a405

Devoted husband James Capon will take to the streets to raise awareness of laws which he says are stopping his pregnant wife from living with him.

Mr Capon, 31, married his US wife Hannah in Texas last April, a year after the couple met on a social networking site.

But unemployed Mr Capon, of Lawrence Avenue, Pontefract, says his wife cannot come to live permanently in the UK until he earns more than £18,600 a year.

He has organised a 20-mile run across the Five Towns on Saturday February 15 to raise awareness of the issue.

He said: “I’m doing it for the thousands of families who are affected by this.

“Me and Hannah are working towards our future but there are families who have had their future taken away from them.”

The couple speak every day via the internet and Mrs Capon, 20, is due to have the couple’s first child next month.

Mr Capon said: “It’s very hard being so far apart but we just make the best out of a bad situation.”

Yvette Cooper, MP for Pontefract and Castleford and shadow home secretary, said: “People who bring family back from abroad do need to show they can support each other.

“But we warned ministers that the inflexibility of their system would make it tough for many couples. I’ve already taken up Mr Capon’s case.”

A Home Office spokeswoman said: “Our family rules have been designed to make sure that those coming to the UK to join their spouse or partner will not become a burden on the taxpayer.”

 

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