A YOUNG Syrian refugee who faced being left at home in Edinburgh while his classmates went on a school trip to Spain now looks set to travel with his friends after all.

Following the intervention of the SNP’s Joanna Cherry, the UK Government has said it will step up efforts to secure papers for the youngster, who was told he would miss out because of Home Office procedures.

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The MP for Edinburgh South West raised the case of the 12-year-old, referred to only as Mohammed, with Theresa May during Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday.

The primary seven class at Mohammed’s school, Canal View Primary in Wester Hailes, won a Jet2 competition for a holiday to Sol Katmadu Park & Resort in Majorca next month.

Mohammed was told he would be unable to join his classmates because applying for his travel documents could take up to three months.

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Yesterday, the Home Office confirmed it will do all it can to ensure he can go.

Cherry said: “I was delighted that following my request to the Prime Minister yesterday, I was able to tell the school that Mohammed will get his documents on time.

“I hear that Mohammed and the rest of the class were given the news first thing this morning to lots of cheers of delight and a few tears of joy.

“A senior caseworker at the Home Office has now received Mohammed’s application and everything is in hand to get him his travel documents.

“I hope Mohammed and the rest of the class have a great trip.”