Labour MP Jess Phillips has leapt to the defence of under-fire Amber Rudd after she faced calls to quit over the Windrush scandal – and has placed the blame on Prime Minister Theresa May.
The Home Secretary insisted that the Home Office did not set immigration removal targets during a parliamentary select committee on Wednesday before it was revealed that “local internal” targets were used the following day.
I actually feel for Amber Rudd because she has had to clear up the mess that has been left by Theresa May
Rudd scrapped them shortly after but MPs have been calling for her head as the Home Office came under scrutiny for the circumstances that led to many Caribbean migrants battling to stay in the UK.
But Birmingham Yardley MP Phillips told The Big Issue that the buck must stop with May and not Rudd after her own spell as Home Secretary under David Cameron between 2010 and 2016.
“I actually feel for Amber Rudd because she has had to clear up the mess that has been left by Theresa May,” said Phillips, who took to the streets of Birmingham on Thursday to experience life as a Big Issue vendor.
“She has inherited a Home Office with a culture of bullying and mistreating migrants and a system that is broken and corrupt. It’s Theresa May’s doing and she has left Amber with a sticky wicket. I’m not sure that Amber Rudd resigning would make all that much difference, especially when I think she is more liberal than she is being allowed to show. I look forward to seeing her sort it out, not just for the Windrush generation but for all the migrants who are caught up in this.”