Author: JOSEPH CAREY
AMBER RUDD has resigned as Home Secretary after facing mounting pressure to step down after she admitted she “inadvertently” misled Parliament over the Government’s targets for removing illegal immigrants. Read her full letter to Theresa May here.
Ms Rudd had previously declared to a parliamentary committee the Government had no specific targets with regard to the removal of illegal immigrants.
After almost two years in the role, Ms Rudd declared that she felt it was “necessary” to resign and admitted she “inadvertently misled the Home Affairs Select Committee” over the targets.
The letter in full reads: “Dear Prime Minister.
“It is with great regret that I am resigning as Home Secretary. I feel it is necessary to do so because I inadvertently misled the Home Affairs Select Committee over targets for removal of illegal immigrants during their questions on Windrush.
“Since appearing before the Select Committee, I have reviewed the advice was given on this issue and become aware of information provided to my office which makes mention of targets. I should have been aware of this, and I take full responsibility for the fact that I was not.
“The Windrush scandal has rightly shone a light on an important issue for our country. As so often, the instincts of the British people are right. They want people who have a right to live here to be treated fairly and humanely, which has sometimes not been the case. But they also want the Government to remove those who don’t have the right to be here.
“I had hoped in coming months to devise a policy that would allow the Government to meet both these vital objectives – including bringing forward urgent legislation to ensure the rights of the Windrush generation are protected. The task force is working well, the residence cards are being issued well within the two weeks promised, and the design of the compensation scheme is making good progress.
“It has been a great privilege to serve as your Home Secretary. I have seen first-hand the second to none commitment and bravery of our police, fire and intelligence services, they truly are the best in the world and we should rightly be extremely proud of them.
“I have been particularly pleased that we were able to set up the first Global Internet Forum for Counter Terrorism which has led the way with encouraging social media sites to go further and faster in taking down radicalising and terrorist material, which plays such a dangerous part in increasing extremism.
“Opportunities to work on issues that safeguard the vulnerable, champion women and make a lasting impact on people’s lives particularly stand out for me. New policies to fight domestic violence and abuse against women are out to consultation, and will lead this country to taking a new approach.
“Helping to bring over thousands of refugees, including child refugees from both Calais and the Middle East region, and meeting some of the families who fled the terrible situation in Syria and have now been given a chance to rebuild their lives here in the UK in safety and security is something we can be proud of