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Amber Rudd grilled by MPs over Windrush scandal

Amber Rudd grilled by MPs over Windrush scandal

Labour has also called for Rudd to quit.

During an intense grilling at the Commons Home Affairs Committee on Wednesday, the home secretary admitted she was "surprised" she did not realise the scale of the problem earlier. "I bitterly, deeply regret that I didn't see it as more than individual cases that had gone wrong that needed addressing".

The Home Office has launched a major review to check whether anyone has been incorrectly deported.

Rudd told the committee today while she was aware there was a problem with individuals facing wrongful deportation she did not "see it as a systemic issue until very recently".

He said the PM had been warned a 2014 law aimed at intensifying the "hostile environment" for illegal migrants would also affect those in the United Kingdom legally.

Ms Cooper said the Prime Minister had been "hiding" behind ministers and officials in the wake of the damaging debacle, which saw British residents mistakenly threatened with deportation.

The Windrush cases - which includes anyone who moved to the United Kingdom from a Commonwealth country before 1973 - are in the United Kingdom legally but some have been threatened with deportation if they did not have paperwork to prove it.

Those who have been living legally in the United Kingdom for decades have lost their jobs, been denied access to NHS treatment, benefits and pensions, had their driving licences withdrawn and been warned they face deportation.

Brexit minister Suella Braverman later told the BBC's World at One that it was wrong to "point the finger" at the Government, although she insisted ministers had taken full responsibility.

'I don't think that's got anything to do with it, ' she said.

The Labour leader called for her successor Amber Rudd to resign for carrying on with the "cruel and misdirected" policy.

'Up and down this country people want to ensure that the Government is taking action against those people who are here in this country illegally, ' she said.

Mrs May rejected claims she was "ignoring" the plight of the families of Caribbean migrants who have had their residency rights questioned, repeating the government's promise they and others from Commonwealth nations who came between 1948 and 1973 would now be offered British citizenship free of charge and would be helped in clarifying their status.

All persons of Caribbean origin in the United Kingdom - whether or not they be British nationals or be entitled to British nationality - remain part and parcel of our Pan-Caribbean family, and are entitled to the interest, concern, solidarity and support of the Caribbean people and governments.

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