New Home Secretary
Javid pledges to do ‘whatever it takes’ on Windrush
Sajid Javid: pledge
Sajid Javid pledged to do “whatever it takes” to resolve the Windrush scandal after being appointed Home Secretary to replace Amber Rudd who has resigned over her handing of the crisis.
Facing MPs’ questions just hours after getting the job, Mr Javid said the difficulties faced by “longstanding pillars of the community” should never have happened, adding: “I thought that it could be my mum, my brother, my uncle or even me.”
He told MPs: “I want to start by making a pledge, a pledge to those from the Windrush generation who have been in this country for decades and yet have struggled to navigate through the immigration system. This never should have been the case and I will do whatever it takes to put it right.”
The Communities and Local Government Secretary is a second generation immigrant whose parents came to Britain from Pakistan. He is a former Business Secretary and managing director at Deutsche Bank.
Former Northern Ireland Secretary James Brokenshire takes over Mr Javid’s role.
Penny Mordaunt, the international development secretary, will take on additional responsibilities. She will get the minister for women and equalities role which Ms Rudd also held in her portfolio.
Ms Rudd was due to defend her position in a statement to the Commons amid claims that she misled parliament over what she knew about targets for removing immigrants from Britain.
Details emerged in a letter to Prime Minister Theresa May revealing an “ambitious but deliverable” aim to deport more illegal immigrants.
Labour said the letter proved there were removals targets and Ms Rudd was aware of them, which she has previously denied.
According to The Guardian, Ms Rudd promised Mrs May a 10% or more increase in enforced removals over the “next few years.”
In the letter to Mrs May – her predecessor as home secretary – Ms Rudd wrote of plans to restructure the department to focus on the “aim of increasing the number of enforced removals by more than 10% over the next few years, something I believe is ambitious, but deliverable”.
Mrs Rudd, 54, an Edinburgh University graduate, previously worked in banking and recruitment and was credited as a consultant on the 1994 hit film Four Weddings and a Funeral.
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She was married for five years to the late journalist and Sunday Times writer AA Gill with whom she had two children. Her brother Roland is a City PR executive who helped run the Remain campaign.
He is the founder and chairman of Finsbury communications and is a director of Edinburgh-based public relations agency Charlotte Street Partners. He tweeted how he was “proud” of his sister who will be remembered for being a “great Home Secretary.”
Ms Rudd was promoted rapidly under David Cameron, working for a while in the Treasury and becoming Energy and Climate Change Secretary.
She was regarded as being a protege of George Osborne on the liberal-modernising wing of the party.
However, she came close to seeing her political career grind to a halt by securing her Hastings and Rye seat in last year’s General Election by just 346 votes.