Tuesday 17 April 2018 / 4:52 PM Diane Abbott / Immigration

Diane Abbott responds to reports that Home Office immigration documents for the Windrush generation were destroyed

Diane Abbott MP, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, responding to reports that Home Office immigration documents for the Windrush generation were destroyed, said:

“The revelation that Windrush landing cards were destroyed is truly shocking and the culpability of this fiasco rests solely with the Home Office. Amber Rudd must explain who authorised this action and when, and what Theresa May’s role was as the then Home Secretary.

“The Windrush generation have been threatened with deportation because they cannot provide documents, but now we learn that the Home Office destroyed the very records that could have demonstrated their right to remain.

“The Home Secretary should immediately announce that she will accept the burden of proof in deportation cases like these lies with the Home Office, not with the potential deportee. And she should say what steps she will take to ensure that people who have a right to be here continue to enjoy free access to the NHS, and the freedom to change jobs, homes or bank accounts without further harassment under her Government’s hostile environment policy.”