Jeremy Corbyn calls for Amber Rudd to resign over Windrush scandal

Windrush Scandal

Amber Rudd is set to face a grilling from MPs over her handling of the Windrush scandal as Labour stepped up its calls for the Home Secretary to resign.

Responding to questions from MPs about the so-called "Windrush" scandal, in which migrants who arrived in the United Kingdom decades ago were denied medical treatment or jobs following demands for paperwork they could not provide, she said that preventing unjustified deportations was her priority.

The Windrush cases - which includes anyone who moved to the United Kingdom from a Commonwealth country before 1973 - are in the United Kingdom legally but some have been threatened with deportation if they did not have paperwork to prove it.

Labour's Yvette Coooper, chair of the Home Affairs Committee, said there were still "so many unanswered questions".

The PM said Windrush families would get the support they needed but the public wanted action on illegal immigration.

"Let me say to the prime minister: do not try to hide behind me or the Labour party, when she was warned repeatedly that the damage her obsession with the net migration target was doing", Cooper, the former shadow home secretary, said.

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Emphasising that those affected by the Windrush affair were in the country legally, Ms Rudd, who said she preferred the phrase "compliant environment", insisted there is "nothing wrong" in trying to remove people who were here unlawfully.

People who had arrived before 1973 were automatically granted indefinite leave to remain but the Home Office did not keep a record of those allowed to stay or any documentation confirming their status. "Isn't it time she took responsibility and resigned?" She said: "The problem at the time is that they were not documented with that right, and that is what we are now putting right".

May has been at the centre of a barrage of criticism for the Government's policy to cut net migration down to the tens of thousands - an edict to which May was reportedly determined to stick and which numerous Tories criticised her for.

She acknowledged that she had asked for more removals of individuals with no right to be in the United Kingdom to take place, but was not familiar with suggestions that regional targets were in place.

Corbyn also quizzed May on plans to compensate Windrush migrants who lost jobs, pensions or benefits after being wrongly targeted by immigration officials.

In another step, the Government published guidance for employers and landlords to clarify that people in the Windrush generation are legally able to rent property and work in the UK.

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