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Last Updated: Wednesday, 16 June, 2004, 06:09 GMT 07:09 UK
Citizenship for passport row baby
baby Andrew Jackson with his mother Yanela
Baby Andrew Jackson with his mother Yanela
A baby from Leicester who is at the centre of a nationality row is to be granted British citizenship.

Andrew Jackson was born to a British father and Cuban mother at Leicester's General Hospital earlier this year.

The couple are not married, so his mother must return to Cuba to renew her visa.

After an appeal by Leicester East MP Keith Vaz, the Home Office has decided to grant the baby full British citizenship.

'Stressful time'

The family was worried that the baby would not be allowed to return to the UK from Cuba without a valid passport.

The boy's father, also named Andrew, said he had been told by the Cuban Embassy that the baby was born in England, so he was not Cuban.

Mother Yanela Crespo told BBC News in an earlier interview: "I don't want to leave my baby here and return to Cuba - it is very stressful and I am crying all the time."

The couple were told they could not marry in this country under Ms Crespo's current visa.

They are planning to marry in January after Ms Crespo obtains a fiancÚ visa and returns from Cuba.

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