Barack Obama charms golfing crowds as he tees off at St Andrews

first_imgFormer US president Barack Obama tees off at the first hole at St Andrews Profits are to be split between children’s charities in Scotland and the Obama Foundation, set up by the former president and his wife Michelle.Security is expected to be tight in Edinburgh as police step up resources around major events in the wake of the Manchester bombing.Singer Annie Lennox, rock band Texas and comedian Kevin Bridges will provide entertainment at the event and young people will also be involved, with 13-year-old Mila Stricevic from Glasgow to read a poem on the night after winning a schools competition. Barack Obama looks relaxed at St Andrews Golf ClubCredit:Andrew Milligan/PA Tickets for tables of 10 went on sale from about £5,000 and quickly sold out. Former US president Barack Obama has teed off his first visit to Scotland with a round of golf in St Andrews.Mr Obama could not resist a game on the Old Course at the home of golf in Fife.  Barack Obama shakes hands with spectators  Mr Obama selects his clubCredit:Andrew Milligan/PA Barack Obama on the putting green Credit:Andrew Milligan/PA Former US president Barack Obama on the Swilcan Bridge while playing a round of golf at the Old Course in St Andrews Former US president Barack Obama tees off at the first hole at St AndrewsCredit:Andrew Milligan/PA He also visited a snack van and bought a drink before Sir Tom took his photograph with the vendor.The Old Course was not closed off to other players and was being used by other members of the public. Mr Obama selects his club The Democrat had earlier touched down at Edinburgh Airport on Friday morning, according to reports, before heading to the course.He will later return to the Scottish capital for the charity dinner.center_img  Barack Obama shakes hands with spectators Credit:Andrew Milligan/PA Mr Obama, who was hitting the ball last, said: “Well, going by those shots I shouldn’t feel any pressure.”Despite heavy security, he wandered over to the crowds who had been following him on the course and shook hands with spectators before returning to his game. Barack Obama  He is expected to speak to business leaders in Edinburgh later in the day when he gives a speech for The Hunter Foundation.Philanthropist Sir Tom Hunter was among the players involved in the game.The former president’s caddy reassured him there was “no pressure, sir” before he teed off on the third hole. Barack Obama on the putting green  Auction prizes on the night include two walk-on parts in the next Fantastic Beasts film from the Harry Potter franchise and the naming rights to the Gleneagles Hotel American bar.The Hunter Foundation has previously arranged for US politicians and actors, including Bill Clinton, Leonardo DiCaprio and George Clooney, to come to Scotland. Mr Obama, who served eight years in the White House, will address business leaders and take part in a Q&A at the evening event organised by The Hunter Foundation, set up by entrepreneur and philanthropist Sir Tom Hunter. Our manifesto: Real political insight, free for 30 days.Rely on unrivalled insight and sharp analysis from our stellar team of Westminster insiders.Join the most trusted voice in politics. Follow Election 2017 with Telegraph Premium.Start your no obligation, 30 day free trial today. Announcing the visit in April, Sir Tom said: ”From the south side of Chicago to the White House has been an epic, historic journey and it will be a true honour to hear that story from the man who made that journey.”We are both truly proud and delighted to be hosting the 44th president of the United States in Scotland at this event.” Former US president Barack Obama on the Swilcan Bridge while playing a round of golf at the Old Course in St AndrewsCredit:Andrew Milligan /PA Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Paedophile stripped of his British citizenship and facing deportation to India

A paedophile who groomed and raped a 7-year old child has been stripped of his British citizenship and faces deportation to India.The man, who can only be identified as RSD, came to the UK from India in 1997 and was granted British citizenship in 2004. But in 2011 he was convicted of 23 counts of sexual abuse of  ‘a male child within the family’.The court sentenced him to 14 years imprisonment and placed him on the sexual offenders’ register for life after finding him to have groomed and raped the boy between 2003 and 2010.Now, in what is believed to be the first case of its kind, the Home Secretary has removed his citizenship on the grounds that when he applied to be a UK citizen he lied about the fact he was sexually abusing a child.The man won his appeal against that decision but a senior judge has ruled in favour of the Home Secretary, upholding the decision to strip him of his passport.Last night child abuse lawyers welcomed the ruling.Richard Scorer, a specialist abuse lawyer at law firm Slater & Gordon, said: “This decision is to be welcomed as a statement of the seriousness with which grooming is viewed by the courts. Any court decision which highlights and reinforces the penalties for this kind of  will help to send out the message that perpetrators will face serious consequences.”In February this year the Home Secretary told RSD: “Given the fact that you began your sexual offences in 2003, prior to lodging your naturalisation application, and continued to do so many years after you were granted British citizenship, you were clearly not of good character. It was only because you concealed your sexual assaults that led (sic) to your application succeeding.”Judge Pitt, sitting in the Upper Tribunal of the Immigration and Asylum Chamber where he upheld the Home Secretary’s decision, said in a judgement published this month: “It is  my conclusion that the appellant obtained naturalisation in 2004 by deliberately concealing material facts.”The case follows the Rochdale child abuse scandal in which three men are facing deportation to Pakistan. Abdul Aziz, Adil Khan and Qari Abdul Rauf were among nine men jailed in May 2012 for their part in a grooming ring which plied vulnerable girls with drink and drugs so they could “pass them around” for sex.The court heard that some of the victims, who were aged in their early teens, were raped and physically assaulted and some were forced to have sex with ‘several men in a day, several times a week’.Following their conviction, Aziz, Khan and Rauf were  informed by the Home Office in 2015 that they would be stripped of their British citizenship, after which the home secretary would consider deporting them to Pakistan.But the new case extends the scope of the Home Secretary’s power by allowing the government to revoke citizenship if a pedophile has lied about the grooming of a child while undergoing the naturalisation process.  This was not the case with the Rochdale three  who had their citizenship revoked on the grounds that “deprivation is conducive to the public good because the person, while having that citizenship status, has conducted him or herself in a manner which is seriously prejudicial to the vital interests of the United Kingdom, any of the Islands, or any British overseas territory.”In 2017, 104 people were deprived of their citizenship because it was conducive to the public good. In 2016 the number was just 14.The Home Office declined to say how many British citizens have been stripped of their passports for child abuse.A Home Office spokesperson said: “Any British Citizen may be deprived of his or her citizenship if the Secretary of State is satisfied that it would be conducive to the public good. It is a power used for extreme and exceptional cases.“Deprivation on conducive grounds can be used where individuals pose a threat to national security, or have been involved in war crimes, serious and organised crime, and unacceptable behaviours such as extremism or glorification of terrorism, unless to deprive would render them stateless.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more