Published: Fri, May 04, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

PM has questions to answer about her time in Home Office - Corbyn

PM has questions to answer about her time in Home Office - Corbyn

May named Sajid Javid, 48, as Rudd's replacement in the key ministerial post of home secretary after she quit late Sunday, facing anger over wrongful moves to deport legal but undocumented elderly immigrants from the Caribbean.

In her resignation letter Ms Rudd admitted that her office had been alerted to the targets and added: "I should have been aware of this and take full responsibility for the fact that I was not".

Rudd's departure from the government is a massive blow to May, who was her immediate predecessor in the Home Office. "She was presiding over, in her terms, the creation of a hostile environment", towards illegal immigration, he said.

In the Commons, Mr Javid told Windrush generation migrants who had struggled to prove their immigration status: "This never should have been the case and I will do whatever it takes to put it right".

Mrs May defended the Government's target-driven approach to illegal immigration, saying it was "important" that officials focused on the need to remove those who have no right to be in this country. "That's why we have set up a unit that is helping those people top get the documents that they need", May said.

The former investment banker was given the job during a telephone call with Mrs May and becomes the first person from an ethnic minority background to hold one of the four great offices of state. Javid pointed out that his own parents - who emigrated from Pakistan in the 1960s - could have been victims of the Windrush scandal.

James Brokenshire, who stepped down as Northern Ireland secretary in January to undergo lung operation, returned to cabinet to replace Mr Javid in the housing, communities and local government brief.

Amber Rudd has resigned as Britain's home secretary for "inadvertently" misleading legislators about the existence of deportation targets for undocumented immigrants.

May apologized to Caribbean leaders for any "anxiety" caused by the records destruction, which occurred when she was Home Secretary under the previous administration.

"I want to start by making a pledge to the Windrush generation", Mr Javid told lawmakers.

Javid already sought to distance himself from the Home Office fiasco in a highly-personal Sunday Telegraph interview published over the weekend. I had hoped in coming months to devise a policy that would allow the government to meet both these vital objectives - including bringing forward urgent legislation to ensure the rights of the Windrush generation are protected.

Following that Rudd's resignation was announced on Monday as a statement from Downing Street confirmed that the British Prime Minister Theresa May has accepted Rudd's resignation.

David Lammy, a Labour MP and prominent campaigner throughout the Windrush scandal, tweeted: "Amber Rudd resigned because she didn't know what was going on in her own department and she had clearly lost the confidence of her own civil servants".

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