UK: Sajid Javid replaces Amber Rudd - But what does he stand for?

SAJID JAVID insisted he was the right choice to sort out the Windrush scandal after replacing Amber Rudd as home secretary yesterday.

Rudd resigned on Sunday after May's government faced an outpouring of indignation over its treatment of some long-term Caribbean residents who were wrongly labeled illegal immigrants.

Rudd says she didn't see the memo.

Ms Rudd, one of the few pro-Remain ministers in Mrs May's cabinet, is the fourth person to resign from the British government in the past six months.

Downing Street sources said that in preparing for her statement, new information had become available which convinced Rudd she had inadvertently misled parliament and she had therefore phoned May on Sunday to tender her resignation.

Senior Tories yesterday paid tribute to Miss Rudd, with Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt describing her departure as "devastating". "My parents came to this country from Pakistan, just like the Windrush generation", he said, adding that his father worked in a cotton mill and as a bus driver.

"This never should have been the case and I will do whatever it takes to put it right", he said.

'I feel it is necessary to do so because I inadvertently misled the Home Affairs Select Committee over targets for removal of illegal immigrants during their questions on Windrush'. "I thought that could be my could be me", he said.

Will Javid stray from May?

Mr. Javid has divided opinion since entering politics.

But, during a local election campaign visit to Greater Manchester on Monday, the Prime Minister defended her policies as Home Secretary.

Javid and Theresa May are not known to be close politically.

"These deportations are going to keep happening, because the way the law is framed at the moment is by defining the Windrush generation exclusively by the Immigration Act of 1971, which is an explicitly racist piece of legislation meant to stop coloured people coming into the United Kingdom..."

Colleagues have called him a "good operator", and "compassionate and empathetic".

His father arrived in Britain with nothing but £1 in his pocket, working in a cotton mill in Rochdale, near Manchester in central England.

Mr Javid is the first BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic) politician to hold the role, previously holding roles as Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Minister for Equalities and Financial Secretary to the Treasury.

But whatever the presentation and the political messaging, the realities of the Windrush fiasco affect real lives.

Now they are at risk of deportation, as they have no documents proving their status in the UK. Others have lost their jobs and have been denied access to free medical care.

Rudd, who was appointed Home Secretary in 2016, said voters wanted those, who had the right to reside in Britain to be treated fairly and humanely but also that illegal immigrants be removed.

  • Joey Payne