An MP has described attempts to deport a man with Down's syndrome to Lebanon, where his family say he would face abuse, as 'truly shocking'.

Wadih Chouery has lived in the UK for 17 years and is a popular figure in Isleworth, where he helps out at his brothers' cafe Joseph's Patisserie, in Shrewsbury Walk, South Street.

But the 44-year-old's family are fighting to prevent him being sent back to his native Lebanon, where they say there is no one to care for him, by the Home Office.

Both Wadih's parents are dead and his brothers, who have cared for him since he came to the UK, say his disability would make him vulnerable to abuse in the Middle Eastern country.

Twickenham MP Vince Cable, in whose constituency Wadih lives, today backed his struggle, saying the Home Office had 'behaved very badly'.

Business secretary and Twickenham MP Vince Cable
 

The business secretary told getwestlondon he has requested a meeting with immigration minister James Brokenshire to make representations on the family's behalf.

"It's a truly shocking case. I think the Home Office has behaved very badly and I hope to get this decision overturned," he added.

Wadih was initially granted the right to remain in the UK in February but that ruling was overturned following an appeal by the Home Office.

In a letter to Mr Brokenshire in June, after learning of the Home Office's decision to appeal, Mr Cable wrote: "This is a disgraceful position and having read the appeal arguments I believe it would be charitable to describe them as weak."

Wadih's case has already received the support of the Old Isleworth Four Roads Residents' Association, whose chairman Colin Marsh described Wadih as a popular member of the community.

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A Home Office spokesman has previously said: "Mr Chouery failed to meet the necessary requirements. The decision to refuse his application has been backed up by the courts."