Theresa May under pressure as Javid sets out stall for Home Office

Home Secretary Amber Rudd resigned over the scandal, which saw Commonwealth citizens who legally emigrated to Britain decades ago refused healthcare, benefits and threatened with deportation because of a lack of paperwork.

Rochdale-born politician Sajid Javid has been appointed the new Home Secretary following Amber Rudd's resignation, it was announced on Monday (30 April).

Sajid has been a member of the parliament of Bromsgrove in Worcestershire since 2010. "So it's about a compliant environment.' Mr Javid said he was 'angry" about the Windrush scandal, which precipitated Miss Rudd's downfall, saying it could have affected his own family who settled in Britain in the 1960s.

The scandal began when the Guardian newspaper reported some people who came to the United Kingdom from the Caribbean after World War II had been refused medical care in Britain or threatened with deportation because they could not produce paperwork proving their right to live in the country.

The resignation came late Sunday after the Guardian revealed that in a leaked 2017 letter to Theresa May, Rudd had told the Prime Minister of her intention to increase deportations by 10 per cent, seemingly at odds with her recent denials that she was aware of deportation targets.

The lead-up to Rudd's resignation illustrates the way May's work as Home Sec continues to impact her goals and policies as Prime Minister.

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

In an interview with Sky News he said: "My first priority is to make sure the Home Office does all it can to keep British people safe".

On learning about the treatment of the post-war migrants, he said: "I thought that could be my could be me".

Rudd finally issued a statement on later that day: "I wasn't aware of specific removal targets".

Giving evidence to MPs yesterday, Ms Rudd denied the Tories' immigration policy had fuelled the saga.

She said: "When I was home secretary, yes, there were targets in terms of removing people from the country who were here illegally".

And he told the House of Commons he is "not going to use" the phrase "hostile" during his time at the Home Office.

He said his most urgent task would be to ensure Windrush migrants get treated with decency.

Ms Abbott said: "All roads lead back to Theresa May and her tenure as home secretary".

Now that Rudd is gone, people will be looking for someone to blame for the Windrush scandal, and the Prime Minister will now find more eyes on her. My parents came to this country from Pakistan just like the Windrush generation. The British government says they will be allowed to stay.

"As the son of a Pakistani bus driver, he is the first cabinet minister from this sort of background to rise to the Home Secretary's position. It is about a compliant environment and it is right that we have a compliant environment".

  • Rogelio Becker