United Kingdom minister resigns over immigration scandal

United Kingdom minister resigns over immigration scandal

Sajid Javid used his first House of Commons appearance since being appointed Home Secretary to put distance between himself and the Prime Minister over the Windrush scandal.

I feel it is necessary to do so because I inadvertently misled the Home Affairs Select Committee over targets for removal of illegal immigrants during their questions on Windrush.

Sajid has been a member of the parliament of Bromsgrove in Worcestershire since 2010.

Mr Javid pledged he will do "whatever it takes" to put right the treatment of Commonwealth citizens, who have been wrongly denied access to benefits and healthcare or threatened with deportation despite living in the United Kingdom for decades.

The difficulties faced by "longstanding pillars of the community" should never have happened, he said, adding: "I thought that it could be my mum, my brother, my uncle or even me".

During a local election campaign visit to Greater Manchester, Mrs May said: "When I was home secretary, yes, there were targets in terms of removing people from the country who were here illegally".

May's office said Javid's former job, communities secretary, would be filled by James Brokenshire, a former secretary of state for Northern Ireland. As a child of the Windrush generation himself, it is also hoped that Javid will bring some much-needed empathy to the department.

Critics say that she is behind overly harsh immigration policies.

James Brokenshire - who stepped back from his role as Northern Ireland secretary while he received treatment for cancer - will replace Javid at the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government, while global development secretary Penny Mordaunt will take on the women and equalities brief vacated by Rudd.

Amber Rudd quit on Sunday after two documents emerged contradicting her assurance to Parliament that no targets had been set within the Home Office for deportations of illegal immigrants.

In her resignation letter, Ms Rudd said she "should have been aware" of targets and that she take "full responsibility".

Mr Javid will now have responsibility for planning for the post-Brexit immigration policy while Brexiteers are demanding that no concessions be made or advantages given to European Union citizens.

May has accepted Rudd's resignation.

Rudd then chose to resign rather than face the Commons on Monday, with her letter to May saying she had "become aware of information provided to my office which makes mention of targets".

Now, we have seen the Windrush generation being caught up in way that has caused anxiety among that generation.

"That will be one of my most urgent tasks, to make sure we look carefully at the policy and make sure it achieves just that".

Politically neat, generally welcomed by colleagues - In the recent canon of Tory events the relatively smooth landing of this appointment is an achievement in itself.

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