Friday, 20 April 2018 06:32

IAN BLACKFORD: HOME SECRETARY'S POSITION 'UNTENABLE'

PRIME MINISTER MUST SHOW LEADERSHIP
 
The SNP's Leader at Westminster Ian Blackford MP has said the Home Secretary's position is untenable following the Windrush scandal and the Prime Minister must show leadership over the issue.
 

Ian Blackford’s call comes at the end of a week of shocking revelations of blatant discrimination and incompetence for Windrush residents in the UK - over which the Home Secretary has presided.
 
SNP Westminster Leader Ian Blackford MP commented:
 
"The Windrush situation has been nothing short of a disgrace. That people who have lived here lawfully for up to 50 years were being told their presence in the UK was illegal says so much about the approach of this Tory government. It is now time for the Home Secretary who has presided over this appalling mess to consider her position.
 
"Theresa May must show leadership over the scandal - it is unbelievable that we have not seen a sacking or resignation in the Home Office. Amber Rudd has failed in her responsibilities - she has shown the Home Office at its most incompetent and callous – and has undoubtedly damaged the UK's standing and reputation.
 
"The Prime Minister has presided over the utter misery and anxiety for all those caught up in her department’s incompetence.The stories from some of the individuals affected have been chilling.
 
‘’It was Theresa May who advocated the ‘hostile environment’ policies and championed the Tories anti-immigrant rhetoric. It was the prime minister who had to be embarrassed into meeting Caribbean leaders after initially refusing their requests.
 
"The deliberate decision to dispose of the landing cards of Windrush generation residents was utterly unacceptable – whichever Westminster government decreed it.
 
"It isn’t just incompetence, it is the intolerance and vindictiveness that has been displayed at the heart of this Tory government.
 
"The Home Secretary is the minister responsible – it was on her watch. Her position is untenable  - and the clock is ticking for the Prime Minister.’’

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