Amber Rudd has faced lots of criticism for her handling of the Windrush scandal and her supposed and/or alleged lack of knowledge of deportation targets despite receiving a memo about it – it seems clear now her position as Home Secretary is hanging by a thread.
Once seen as a possible successor to Theresa May, she clinged onto her seat by just 336 votes in last year’s General Election, after the shock result that saw her party lose their parliamentary majority.
Rudd recently told the home affairs select committee this week that the Home Office did not have targets for removals. She had to backtrack when it emerged there were localised targets, but she said she was unaware of them.
The Guardian recently revealed that a Home Office source was “gobsmacked by what she said, and that she stuck to her guns,” continuing to claim that “there were regular meeting between ministers and senior officials at which specific national targets were discussed, including details of how Home Office departments would achieve the 10% increase in the number of people being removed from the UK every year – a goal set by Rudd personally.”
Shadow Home Secretary, Diane Abbott, has already called for her resignation in the House of Commons. We will see how the story develops.
By Berk Bektas
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