Families of three dead Windrush victims can claim compensation

Author: Amelia Gentleman

The families of three wrongly deported Windrush victims who died before UK officials were able to repatriate them will be able to claim compensation, the immigration minister has told the House of Commons.

Caroline Nokes offered a number of fresh apologies during her response to an urgent question in parliament on the Windrush scandal, and said the home secretary, Sajid Javid, had written to the families of those who had died to offer his condolences.

“In the case of those who have subsequently passed away, our sympathies and condolences are with their families,” Nokes said.

The shadow home secretary, Diane Abbott, said ministers would be wrong to think that a line had been drawn under Windrush and said the issue “continued to throw up new horrors”. She said news that three citizens had died in Jamaica after being wrongfully deported “ought to shame ministers”.