Published: Fri, May 04, 2018
Worldwide | By Stella Potter

Potters Bar MP praises 'excellent' Amber Rudd after resignation

Potters Bar MP praises 'excellent' Amber Rudd after resignation

"This never should have been the case and I will do whatever it takes to put it right", he said.

Theresa May is under mounting pressure to spell out to MPs exactly what she knew about removal targets for illegal immigrants after she admitted the policy was in place during her time at the Home Office.

May said she accepted that Rudd had spoken "in good faith" and was sorry to see her resign.

"Like the Caribbean Windrush generation, my parents came to this country from the Commonwealth in the 1960s", Javid said. He also disowned the "hostile environment" tag attached to the government's migration policy.

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".

Protesters in the United Kingdom have been picketing the Home Office two days in a row, running in defiance of plans to continue expelling immigrants of the so-called Windrush generation, a Sputnik correspondent reported on Tuesday. It is a huge privilege and something I take very seriously. "It is a phrase that is unhelpful and doesn't represent our values as a country".

Theresa May has attempted to distance herself from the row over the Home Office's enforced removals targets that has already claimed the scalp of one of her most senior ministers, Amber Rudd.

It is believed that Rudd chose to fall on her sword rather than face more humiliation amid the outcry over the Windrush immigration debacle, and telephoned Theresa May to inform her of the move late on Sunday.

"They are British, they are part of us".

In her resignation letter, published hours after the latest leak, Rudd said she had "become aware of information provided to my office which makes mention of targets".

Javid is the first minority politician to hold one of Britain's four top government jobs. He has been MP for Bromsgrove in Worcestershire since 2010.

At Prime Minister's Questions, he asked Mrs May whether she "felt a pang of guilt" about the resignation of Amber Rudd over the issue earlier this week. He's also an experienced minister, who has been at several departments without major calamities.

He became a Treasury minister in 2013 and joined the Cabinet in 2014 as culture secretary before switching to business secretary in 2015 and communities secretary the following year.

In a resignation letter to May, Rudd said she had inadvertently misled a parliamentary committee last Wednesday by denying the government had targets for the deportation of illegal migrants. "Theresa May now has questions to answer - from the liaison committee or wherever else those questions are raised - about what she actually did as home secretary and what she said".

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