Netizen 24 GBR: Amber Rudd resigns hours after Guardian publishes deportation targets letter

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Amber Rudd resigns hours after Guardian publishes deportation targets letter

Amber Rudd Amber Rudd resigns hours after Guardian publishes deportation targets letter

PM accepts Rudd’s resignation after 200 MPs sign letter accusing her of making up immigration policy ‘on the hoof’

Home secretary Amber Rudd quits as immigration crisis grows â€" politics live

Amber Rudd has resigned after mounting pressure in recent days.
Amber Rudd has resigned after mounting pressure in recent days. Photograph: Jack Taylor/Getty Images
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Amber Rudd has resigned as home se cretary after repeatedly struggling to explain her role in the unjust treatment of Windrush generation migrants.

The home secretary had faced mounting pressure over her role in setting the culture and policies that led to long-term residents of Britain from Caribbean countries being denied healthcare, pensions and benefits, and in some cases being threatened with deportation.

Rudd had been due to appear before parliament on Monday to explain apparent discrepancies between her evidence to the home affairs select committee last week and a memo leaked to the Guardian that linked her to targets for removing migrants.

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Challenged repeatedly about such targets by Labour MP Yvette Cooper at the home affairs select committee, Rudd had insisted: “That’s not how we operate.”

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The h ome secretary has issued five apologies in the last week â€" four of them over her department's handling of the Windrush crisis and immigration targets.

Rudd delivered an unprecedented apology to parliament and acknowledged that her department had “lost sight of individuals” and become “too concerned with policy”.

Rudd apologised for failing to grasp the scale of the problem. She told the home affairs select committee: “I bitterly, deeply regret that I didn’t see it as more than individual cases gone wrong that needed addressing. I didn’t see it as a systemic issue until very recently.”

On Thursday morning, Rudd was forced to admit officials did have targets for removals, having previously denied their existence.

“The immigration arm of the Home Office has been using local targets for internal performance management. These were not published targets against which performance was assessed, but if they were used inappropriately then I am clear that this will have to change."

On Thursday afternoon, Rudd was forced to issue a hasty clarification after appearing to leave the door open to the UK staying in a customs union with the EU.

“I should have been clearer â€" of course when we leave the EU we will be leaving the customs union."

In a series of late-night tweets, Rudd apologised for not being aware of documents, leaked to the Guardian, which set out immigration removal targets.

‘I wasn’t aware of specific removal targets. I accept I should have been and I’m sorry that I wasn’t. I didn’t see the leaked document, although it was copied to my office as many documents are."

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Downing Street sources said that in preparing for her Commons statement, new information had become available that convinced her she must resign. However, they continued to insist that the “ambition” for a 10% increase in removals mentioned in a separate leaked letter was not a formal target.

Rudd spoke to the prime minister by telephone on Sunday evening to tender her resignation.

More to follow …


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