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'Rudd quitting must not overshadow Windrush'

By Alix Culbertson, News Reporter
Labour MP David Lammy has led calls for Amber Rudd's resignation to not overshadow the Windrush scandal.
The son of Windrush migrants said the Home Office "must move quickly to compensate and grant citizenship" to those who came over to the UK from the Caribbean between 1948 and 1971.
He also alluded to Home Secretary Ms Rudd taking the fall for Theresa May by saying the crisis was a direct result of the "hostile environment" policy - implemented when Mrs May was home secretary.
'Rudd quitting must not overshadow Windrush'

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David Lammy demands reparation from the UK Government over the Windrush scandal
Ms Rudd admitted she "inadvertently" misled MPS over government targets for removing illegal migrants.Shortly after Mrs May accepted Ms Rudd's resignation letter on Sunday evening, shadow home secretary Diane Abbott also blamed the Prime Minister and called for her to give "a full and honest account" of the Windrush scandal."After this scandal and its botched cover up, Amber Rudd's resignation was inevitable. It should have come sooner," she said."The architect of this crisis, Theresa May, must now step forward to give an immediate, full and honest account of how this inexcusable situation happened on her watch.":: The fall of Amber Rudd - and what it means for the PM
'Rudd quitting must not overshadow Windrush'

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Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn did not comment himself, but retweeted Ms Abbott's comment.Lib Dem home affairs spokesman Ed Davy also blamed Mrs May for the Windrush scandal."It's clear that Amber Rudd has ended up, at least partly, being the fall guy to protect the Prime Minister," he said.Green Party co-leader Caroline Lucas also pointed the finger at Theresa May, saying: "PM loses her human shield and now looks very exposed herself."In Ms Rudd's resignation letter to the Prime Minister, she said she had been hoping to devise a policy which would have resolved the Windrush crisis.It would have included emergency legislation to protect the rights of the Windrush generation, alongside measures to remove those were were in the country illegally.Nadhim Zahawi, the children and families minister, said on Wednesday that Ms Rudd had told the team all Windrush cases would be "dealt with", including compensation, within two weeks.
Ms Rudd's Tory colleagues came to her defence, praising her record as home secretary - which has become a poison chalice for most who hold the position.:: Who could replace Amber Rudd as home secretary?
Really sad to lose @AmberRuddHR from Cabinet. A fine colleague who did a great job during last year's terrorist attacks and cares deeply about the people she serves.— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) April 29, 2018
Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson tweeted: "Really sad to lose Amber Rudd from Cabinet."A fine colleague who did a great job during last year's terrorist attacks and cares deeply about the people she serves."Environment Secretary Michael Gove, who had been touted as her replacement, tweeted that she was a "huge asset" and he hopes she will be back soon, as "we need her".
I’m so sad about Amber’s departure from government - she was a huge asset - brave, principled, thoughtful, humane, considerate and always thinking of the impact of policy on the vulnerable - I hope Amber will be back soon - we need her— Michael Gove (@michaelgove) April 29, 2018
Her brother, Roland Rudd, who is also chairman of Open Britain and a prominent Labour supporter, tweeted about how proud he is of his sister, saying she is unselfish and trustworthy."She is motivated by strong sense of public duty and when dust settles will be remembered for being a great Home Secretary in hugely difficult circumstances," he said.
So proud of my sister Amber. She is so unselfish, compassionate, kind, trustworthy wish immense integrity. She is motivated by strong sense of public duty and when dust settles will be remembered for being a great Home Secretary in hugely difficult circumstances.— Roland Rudd (@RolandRudd) April 29, 2018
Immigration Minister Brandon Lewis said: "At critical times Amber Rudd worked to make this country safer."She was a caring and committed Home Secretary and I'm very sorry to see her stand down."MPs had been set to question Ms Rudd in the Commons on Monday about the removals target.However, she decided to quit just four days after she told the Commons Home Affairs committee the Home Office did not have targets for removals.
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The following day she returned to the Commons and admitted that "local targets" were used but they were "not published targets against which performance was assessed".After being criticised for appearing to blame civil servants a Home Office memo was leaked which referred to a target of 2,800 enforced returns for 2017-2018.
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