Windrush campaign - letters to the PM and Home Secretary
On 28th April, I co-ordinated and wrote a letter to the Prime Minister alongside Shadow Home Secretary, Diane Abbot which was co-signed by 200 MPs. The letter called on the Government to enshrine the rights of the Windrush generation in law. It stated:
It is important that the Government enshrines the changes that have been announced in response to the Windrush crisis into law without delay. We are calling on you to do this by bringing a Statutory Instrument before Parliament to ensure that the measures are implemented as quickly as possible. Following what so many have endured, there is an understandable lack of trust within the Windrush and wider Commonwealth community. Proper legislative means are the only acceptable manner in which to protect and uphold the rights of Commonwealth citizens. Pronouncements from Ministers with no statutory or legal backing are simply not good enough. If you fully intend to comply with the assurances you have made to Commonwealth citizens we believe that you will take no issue with meeting our simple and reasonable request. You can read the letter here.
On 11th May I wrote to the Home Secretary, demanded that all submissions to the Windrush compensation scheme consultation should be treated as anonymous and not passed to immigration enforcement. I also urged the Home Secretary to set up a hardship fund urgently, to provide support until the compensation scheme is in place. The letter can be found here.
After I made enquiries regarding the Government’s Commonwealth Taskforce, I received written confirmation from the Prime Minister on 14th May that the Taskforce “will be used for no other purpose than helping people confirm their status and will not be passed to immigration enforcement”.
On 17th May, I wrote to the Prime Minister calling on her to grant Exceptional Case Funding status to all Windrush cases, so that individuals caught in the Windrush scandal could access legal aid. You can read the letter here.