Home Secretary Amber Rudd has resigned from Government.
The liberal-leaning Tory was mired in a scandal concerning the wrongful deportation of so-called ‘Windrush generation’ migrants, who arrived in Britain from the Commonwealth of Nations when they were legally entitled to — possibly as a result of deportation targets which she denied setting but which appeared to have been approved by her.
“I feel it is necessary to [resign] because I inadvertently misled the Home Affairs Select Committee over targets for removal of illegal immigrants during their questions on Windrush,” she wrote in her resignation letter.
“Opportunities to work on issues that safeguard the vulnerable, champions women and make a lasting impact on people’s lives” were highlights of her time in office, she wrote, adding that “Helping to bring thousands of refugees, including child refugees from both Calais and the Middle East region” was something she was proud of.
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As one of the Cabinet’s leading EU loyalists, she was also under fire on Sunday after a leaked document showed she was pushing for border controls to be negotiated away during the Brexit talks, with EU migrants given preferential access to British jobs, social benefits, and publicly-funded healthcare.
Last year a report revealed her department had lost track of at least 56,000 illegal migrants who were supposed to be scheduled for deportation, including 700 convicted criminals — although this did not cause much of a stir in the mainstream press at the time.
With the Home Office is responsible for crime and counter-terrorism as well as immigration, Rudd’s tenure was also marked by a sharp rise in violent crime and terror attacks, as well as continuing issues concerning child sexual exploitation by grooming gangs.
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