Politics: Theresa May to apologise to Caribbean leaders after Windrush generation ‘treated appallingly’ and threatened with deportation

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THERESA May will personally try to make amends with Caribbean leaders today over the “appalling” treatment of the Windrush generation who were threatened with deportation.

The Prime Minister will reassure those who came legally to the UK after World War II who built their lives in this country that they can stay indefinitely.

Theresa May welcomes Jamaica’s President Andrew Holmes to No10 this morning
Theresa May will say sorry to Windrush immigrants who were treated ‘appallingly’

As part of Commonwealth meetings later today No10 had initially turned down the meeting, but quickly u-turned on the decision yesterday.

In a day of farce for the Home Office, Amber Rudd said she did not know whether anyone had been made to leave the country over not having the right paperwork – even though the Windrush generation came over legally.

But earlier yesterday Immigration Minister Caroline Noakes has said that she thought some had already been deported in “horrendous” circumstances.

She told MPs that the Windrush generation had been treated “appallingly” and gave a full apology.

Hundreds of the first arrivals on SS Empire Windrush in 1948
Theresa May  performed a U-turn over the Windrush generation and will meet leaders to say sorry later today
Former Windrush passengers and members of the RAF Donald Clarke, George Mason, Sam King MBE and Allan Wilmot in the Imperial War Museum on June 12, 2008

Cabinet Minister David Lidington said today he didn’t know of anyone who had been wrongly deported.

Speaking to Radio 4 this morning, he said the Home Secretary had taken responsibility for the scandal.

He said: “We do not know of any cases where someone has been deported in this category… the Home Secretary has instructed officials to work through the records just to check that nothing has gone appallingly wrong.”

Those who arrived in the UK between 1948 and 1971 from Caribbean countries were dubbed the Windrush generation – named after the first ship MV Empire Windrush.

But many have lost homes, jobs and benefits has they have no proof of their right to be in the UK.

The Home Secretary faced calls to quit over the “cruel” and “inhumane” scandal, MPs said.

A taskforce is now to be set up to deal with the problem and check none have been forced to leave the country.

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