Martha Stewart Denied Entry into Britain


Jun. 20 2008, Published 10:00 a.m. ET

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Martha Stewart has been banned from England -- at least temporarily.

The famous homemaker was denied a visa into Great Britain because of her stock fraud conviction four years ago.

Martha, who served five months in prison in 2004, had plans to travel across the pond for a scheduled speech at the Royal Academy and various meetings when the U.K. Border Agency informed her it won't be issuing her a visa.

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The Agency itself refused to comment on individual cases, but stated the organization is conscious of those the country's visitors with criminal pasts.

"We continue to oppose the entry to the UK of individuals where we believe their presence in the United Kingdom is not conducive to the public good or where they have been found guilty of serious criminal offences abroad," the Agency said in a statement.

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The British government, on the other hand, was unsure of the call.

"It is a bit silly given some of the other people allowed into the country," a spokesman said.

Meanwhile, Martha, 66, is hoping for a swift resolution.

"Martha loves England and hopes this can be resolved and that she will be able to visit soon," her rep says.


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