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THE resignation of Theresa May’s “human shield” leaves the Prime Minister with “questions to answer” over her own time at the Home Office, Jeremy Corbyn said today.
Home secretary Amber Rudd finally caved in to the pressure last night, becoming the fifth enforced departure from the Cabinet since last year’s election.
She quit after a leaked letter revealed she had misled the House of Commons over the existence of deportation targets.
Ms May, the former home secretary, had also come in for strong criticism over her handling of the Windrush scandal, in which Commonwealth citizens have been threatened with deportation despite having lived in Britain most or all of their lives.
Communities & housing secretary Sajid Javid was appointed home secretary this morning, pledging to “look carefully” at the government’s immigration policy.
But the Labour leader said Ms Rudd “has been the human shield for Theresa May and she’s now gone.
“Theresa May now has questions to answer … about what she actually did as home secretary and what she said.”
The much-criticised “hostile environment” policy was largely developed in Ms May’s time in charge of the Home Office from 2010 to 2016.
And Mr Corbyn said Mr Javid needed to make clear “that he will deal with the issues that Amber Rudd failed to deal with [and] that he will deal with the issue of the hostile environment created by her and her predecessor.”
Shadow home secretary Diane Abbott said that it was “time Theresa May finally takes responsibility for the crisis she created.”
She added: “The change in home secretary will mean nothing unless Theresa May’s ‘hostile environment’ policy is finally brought to an end.”
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