This evening, Downing Street announced that, Amber Rudd, the Home Secretary, had resigned.
It has recently emerged that the Tory government threatened the children of immigrants of the ‘Windrush generation’ who arrived before 1973 with deportation, if they could not prove their right to remain in the UK. The name comes from HMT Empire Windrush, a ship that brought the first of the generation to London in June 1948.
This it seems was part of an removal target, imposed by the Tory government. Rudd first denied there were targets for the removal of immigrants, however The Guardian published leaked evidence that Rudd had known about targets. ‘The six-page memo, passed to The Guardian, says the department has set ‘a target of achieving 12,800 enforced returns in 2017–18”.
Comment from Henry Jones, Director of Communications
Rudd has previously conceded that the ‘Windrush generation’ have been treated in an ‘appalling way’, but her apology, as seems to be the theme in the Tory party, is too little, too late.
As with many party policies, this is an example of our citizens having their lives destroyed by the government. Many have also pointed the finger at our current Prime Minister, Theresa May. Tory government failings can be faced back to 2016, when she was Home Secretary.
But nonetheless, Rudd’s resignation was the right thing to do. It’s important now that the Tories work tirelessly to ensure the ‘Windrush generation’ receive the treatment they deserve.