I raised the extremely important issue of the Windrush scandal in parliament last week
The Windrush scandal has exposed the brutality of the Home Office and the Conservatives. The Windrush Generation are British citizens. People who’ve lived here for decades – working, raising families, part of Britain. Even the Daily Mail has been forced to back their case. And we should be proud of Liberal Democrat campaigners like Hackney’s Pauline Pearce who’ve helped lead the campaign for their rights. It is a prime example of this government’s shocking immigration and asylum policies.
As the longest serving Home Secretary who oversaw this system, Theresa May herself must be held to account. Amber Rudd, whilst also responsible, has been used as a scapegoat and a shield for the Prime Minister's incompetence.
The Liberal Democrats have forced the Home Secretary to confirm the new dedicated unit for the Windrush Generation would also apply to all people from former Commonwealth countries in similar situations – whether they were born in Australia or India, Canada or Pakistan.
The Home Office is seriously failing the Windrush generation by this heavy-handed bureaucratic treatment - and that is unacceptable. It’s time Home Office Ministers recognised we should be treating these people with the respect they deserve and urgently going the extra mile to remove the worries and concerns many have suffered so unnecessarily.
The government wanted to use CHOGM (Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (London) 2018) as an opportunity to develop new relationships. Instead it has embarrassed itself in front of the whole world with the Windrush fiasco and alienated several Caribbean countries in the process.
This government is not fit to negotiate Britain’s future global role.