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Jamaica flight risks repeating injustices of Windrush, Labour warns

LABOUR has expressed “serious concerns” that a deportation flight to Jamaica this week risks repeating the injustices of the Windrush scandal.

Up to 50 people could face removal on December 2 to Jamaica, including young adults who have lived in Britain since childhood, campaigners claim. 

In a letter sent to Home Secretary Priti Patel yesterday, shadow immigration minister Holly Lynch sought urgent answers over concerns that the flight risks the unlawful deportation of people who have a right to be in Britain. 

The Home Office promised to make sweeping changes after the Windrush scandal saw British citizens wrongfully deported, detained and denied work and healthcare.

However Ms Patel’s pledge to implement all 30 recommendations laid out in Wendy Williams’s Lessons Learned review into the scandal have yet to be made. 

In a list of demands, Ms Lynch has called on the Home Office to explain what assessments have been made to ensure the same mistakes were not repeated.

“The injustices of the Windrush scandal can never happen again, and these lessons must be learned,” she wrote. 

The government is facing growing calls to halt the flight. 

Labour MP Abena Oppong-Asare has also written to the Home Secretary to demand the cancellation of the flight, saying that the human cost of deportations “cannot be justified.” 

While shadow justice secretary David Lammy accused ministers last week of “paying lip service to Windrush victims while treating them with contempt,” in a post on social media. 

Last week over 90 Black British public figures including supermodel Naomi Cambell signed a letter urging airlines not to carry out the deportation. 

The Home Office claims those scheduled on the flight were all “foreign national offenders” including murderers and rapists. 

The department has previously claimed that no-one scheduled on the flight is eligible for the Windrush scheme. 


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