Category Archives: Amber Rudd

Pressure grows on May and Rudd over Windrush scandal

Sayeeda Warsi says fault with ‘hostile environment’ lies with policy itself not implementation

Theresa May and her home secretary, Amber Rudd, have come under further pressure over the impact on the Windrush generation of the government’s immigration policy.

The former cabinet minister Sayeeda Warsi made it clear it was the policy itself that was at fault, rather than the way officials had implemented it, while senior Labour figures called on Rudd to resign.

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The Observer view on Theresa May’s hateful ‘hostile environment’ immigration policy | Observer editorial

The Home Office’s unbending attitude is needlessly blighting lives. It must not be tolerated any longer

History will judge Theresa May harshly. In recent weeks, the appalling stories about the impact of the government’s “hostile environment” policy reported by our sister paper, the Guardian, have continued to grow in number. They paint a shocking picture of a Kafkaesque state that has denied people who came to the UK from the Commonwealth as children their rightful entitlement to work, to housing and to healthcare.

The Observer is the world’s oldest Sunday newspaper, founded in 1791. It is published by Guardian News & Media and is editorially independent.

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May's immigration policy seen as 'almost reminiscent of Nazi Germany'

Comments from ex-civil service chief Sir Bob Kerslake increase pressure on PM as row over Windrush-era citizens continues

The hostile immigration environment Theresa May set out to create when she was at the Home Office was regarded by some ministers as “almost reminiscent of Nazi Germany” in the way it is working, the former head of the civil service, Lord Kerslake, has said.

Who are the Windrush generation?

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It’s not just Windrush. Theresa May has created hostility to all immigrants | Nesrine Malik

There has been no bureaucratic snafu. The error was that the dragnet picked up some people who fall into a popular sympathy sweet spot

To the politicians who presided over a long-term policy to use every means possible to reject and eject as many people from the UK, regardless of extenuating circumstances or status (up to and including whether they came to the country as British subjects or citizens), the Windrush scandal appears to be an aberration. Amber Rudd called the treatment “appalling”, as if she had no responsibility for it as the current home secretary. Caroline Nokes, the immigration minister, revealed that there had been deportations but that she did not know how many, and that the situation “as a minister” had “appalled” her.

Theresa May, in her apology to Caribbean leaders, described the violations as simply unforeseen fallout from recently introduced policies that clamped down on the undocumented. Yet in her six years as home secretary she was the high priestess of hostile environments for immigrants. But the prime minister and Tory MPs and advisers have been falling over themselves on social media to appear shocked and to abhor what has been happening. It is a roll call of the shameless and brazenly amnesiac.

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Experts have identified substance in suspected poisoning, Rudd suggests

Home secretary gives statement after chairing emergency meeting about suspected poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter

Experts have identified the substance involved in the suspected poisoning of the former Russian agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter on Sunday, the home secretary, Amber Rudd, has suggested.

Speaking after chairing a meeting of the government’s emergency Cobra committee to discuss the incident, Rudd said: “We do know more about the substance and the police will be making a further statement this afternoon in order to share some of that.”

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Home Office plans to deny immigrants access to data 'are illegal'

Digital rights campaigners threaten legal action if data protection bill clause is enacted

Plans to deny millions of people the right to access immigration data held on them by the Home Office are illegal and will be challenged in court, the government has been told.

Organisations representing up to 3 million EU citizens living in the UK and digital rights activists have written to the home secretary, Amber Rudd, giving notice that they will take legal action if a clause in the data protection bill is enacted.

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EU endgame is political unity not free trade, argues Boris Johnson

Foreign secretary tries to reach out to remainers with liberal vision of life after Brexit

The founding fathers of the European Union did not create the common market to tear down barriers to trade but to pursue a political project, Boris Johnson will argue this week, in a speech setting out what he claims is a liberal vision for Brexit.

The foreign secretary will call on remain and leave voters to unite, insisting that Britain can take advantage of the referendum vote for economic gain but only if it is ready to diverge on regulations.

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