Amber Rudd resigns as UK Home Secretary

Amber Rudd resigns as UK Home Secretary

Amber Rudd resigns as UK Home Secretary

Actually, they were always British.

Sajid Javid has been named as the new Home Secretary after Amber Rudd finally bowed to massive pressure and quit last night saying she had to "take responsibility" for misleading parliament over deportation targets for illegal migrants.

Mr Javid was previously Communities and Local Government Secretary, and will be replaced in that post by James Brokenshire.

Rudd had claimed to a parliamentary committee that her department did not impose targets, but the Guardian reported on Sunday that in a private letter to May in 2017, she had informed the Prime Minister that she meant to boost deportations by 10%.

Following Ms Rudd's departure, Labour concentrated its fire on the Prime Minister who was home secretary from 2010 until she entered Number 10 in 2016.

"We are going to have a strategy in place. about making sure that we have an immigration policy that is fair, it treats people with respect and with decency, and that will be one of my most urgent tasks", Javid told Sky News on Monday.

Outrage over the plight of Windrush migrants - some of whom lost jobs and fell into debt as they struggled to prove their status - led to a personal apology from May to Caribbean leaders earlier this month.

Rudd became the fourth person forced to resign from the UK Cabinet in the last six months - following former defence minister Sir Michael Fallon, former global development minister Priti Patel and May's deputy Damian Green.

Asked about the "hostile environment" approach, Mr Javid said: "I think it is a phrase that is unhelpful and it does not represent our values as a country".

In an interview to The Telegraph on Sunday, Mr. Javid said that his first reaction on hearing about the "Windrush scandal" was that it could have been his own family impacted.

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"Windrush exposed just how damaging the UK's policies have been to individuals living in this country".

The 48-year-old former investment banker becomes the first South Asian origin MP to hold the key portfolio in the UK Cabinet. "I thought that could be my mum... my dad... my uncle... it could be me".

Immigration control remains a hot topic in Britain and was a factor in the 2016 vote to leave the EU.

He added: "I am calling for legal guarantees in three areas: "compensation, burden of proof required by the Home Office Commonwealth taskforce assessing cases and promises about immigration enforcement".

Sajid Javid said his parents came to the United Kingdom from the Commonwealth in the 1960s, and he was "personally committed, and invested, in resolving the difficulties faced by the people of the Windrush generation".

This included using advertising vans telling illegal immigrants to "Go Home" or face deportation.

But Theresa May at least avoided significant aftershocks in the very limited reorganisation of her Cabinet, which is not as easy as it looks for a diminished Prime Minister who botched a wider reshuffle in January when certain Ministers refused to move from jobs.

"It is the prime minister who has created the fundamental reasons for the Windrush scandal", said Joanna Cherry, home affairs spokeswoman for the opposition Scottish National Party.

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