British politics: Windrush brings down a minister

Michael Gove has been making regular appearances on radio and television defending the Prime Minister

Javid said he would not be using the phrase "hostile environment" to describe immigration laws introduced by Theresa May when she was home secretary. He admitted that there had been very bad mistakes, gave an update on how it was being put right, promised compensation and said that, as the son of migrants, he felt a personal duty to change the way government treats our citizens from overseas.

Labour leader Mr Corbyn said Mrs May "now has questions to answer" about "what she actually did as home secretary".

Labour said he would be judged on getting "justice" for people affected.

Javid, the son of Pakistani immigrants, is the first politician from an ethnic minority to hold one of the four top jobs in Britain's government — prime minister, finance minister, foreign secretary and home secretary.

So if the senior non-political official was saying on the record "there are no targets", it makes sense that for quite some time Rudd was denying she knew about targets.

"I should have been aware of this, and I take full responsibility for the fact that I was not."

The ruling Conservatives are opposed to such a move, made under a rarely-used procedure called "motion for a return", which involves asking the Queen to direct her ministers to provide the requested documents to the Commons Home Affairs Committee.

Regarding Windrush, Mr Dowden said the Prime Minister and Home Office have "rightly apologised for the distress caused to anyone affected and dedicated teams have been set up to help confirm their status in the United Kindom".

Theresa May conducted a hurried mini-reshuffle after Amber Rudd finally gave in to calls for her resignation over the Windrush scandal. The 48-year old, who previously served as business and culture secretaries, led the government's response to last year's Grenfell Tower fire disaster. With Rudd gone, the opposition can shift its focus to the prime minister, though the absence of an obvious successor capable of steering the divided Conservative parliamentary party through the Brexit talks will protect her in the short term at least.

Rudd was a strong supporter for staying in the bloc, and Javid will now replace her on key cabinet committees that will help decide the future of Britain's relationship with the European Union ahead of Brexit day in March 2019. Many in Westminster are pointing to his own family history as the ultimate Tory dream - the boy whose dad arrived in Britain with £1 in his pocket, who through hard work ended up in the cabinet, with a portrait of Margaret Thatcher on his wall. May - under whose Home Office tenure the "hostile environment" policy was introduced - over the Windrush row.

"The Windrush scandal has rightly shone a light on an important issue for our country", Rudd said in a resignation letter to May.

He was replaced as Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government by former Northern Ireland secretary James Brokenshire, who has recently returned to Westminster after treatment for cancer.



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