Letter to Guardian signed by 39 notable figures says strict laws are ‘so plainly unjust’

A group of actors, artists and other notable figures including Jodie Whittaker, Jude Law, Anna Friel and Antony Gormley have made a joint appeal to the government to relax the strict laws barring people seeking asylum in the UK from paid work.

The letter to the Guardian, signed by 39 people also including the author Michael Morpurgo and the actors Freema Agyeman, Joanna Lumley, Miriam Margolyes and Miranda Richardson, said that for many of those involved, it was their first such appeal to the government.

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