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CWU Conference ’18 May and Rudd should resign over the Windrush scandal, delegates hear

THE PRIME MINISTER and the Home Secretary should both resign over the national disgrace of the Windrush scandal, the CWU conference heard today.

Delegates at the communication workers’ annual conference unanimously passed an emergency motion calling on its executive to lobby the government to explain how it will “address the detriment” its disgraceful treatment of British citizens from Commonwealth countries has caused.

Ian Taylor, introducing the motion, said: “This is not an insignificant happening in this country.”

Predicting that the scandal would become “a point of history” in the near future, Mr Taylor said the debacle was “a shame and a disgrace on a civilised country.”

Amarjite Singh, from south-east Wales, told delegates that the Tory government was “a racist government and let’s not be afraid to say it. An injury to one is an injury to all.”

Daniel Lewis, from Bootle financial services branch, agreed, telling delegates that “the Tories have been, are and always will be a racist party.” He called on CWU members to “remind people of that” during the local election campaign.

Senior deputy general secretary Tony Kearns said: “The finger points at the door of Number 10. This is a resigning issue. [Home Secretary] Amber Rudd should go. [Prime Minister] Theresa May should go.”

He added: “Remember Grenfell. This is a government that promised to do right by these people and still the vast majority of them are waiting.”

Mr Kearns said the executive would be “talking to our legal people” and trying to identify “whether any of our members have been affected by this,” adding that the CWU legal department would do “every single thing we can to right this wrong.”

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn pointed the finger at Ms May’s “hostile environment” in setting a “deliberately unreachable bar” for migrants to Britain. Ms May was home secretary from 2010 to 2016.

He told the Welsh Labour conference in Llandudno that there was “something rotten at the heart of government,” adding that people’s lives had been “ripped apart because of the personal decisions and actions of Theresa May and her government.”

Shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry also called on Ms Rudd to resign over the debacle.

She said: “If you are a politician in charge of a department and a department does its job as badly as the Home Office has clearly been doing, then you should resign.”


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