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UK News Priti Patel takes aim at Windrush campaigners for supporting ‘vile criminals’

09:05  04 december  2020
09:05  04 december  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Priti Patel accused Labour MPs and celebrities of insulting Windrush victims. She said it was Priti Patel tonight accused Labour MPs and 'do-gooding' celebrities of insulting Windrush victims. Many were wrongly detained or threatened with deportation, including campaigners Paulette Wilson and

Support The Guardian. Available for everyone, funded by readers. The Windrush lessons learned review criticised Home Office staff and government ministers for their continued failure to admit the magnitude of their mistakes and the scale of damage inflicted on thousands of legal UK residents who

Home Secretary Priti Patel has described as “deeply offensive” comments from campaigners who evoked the Windrush scandal in fighting the deportation of 36 convicted criminals to Jamaica.

Several celebrities and Labour MPs lobbied against the deportations, which the Government has defended as the removal of criminals with no right to be in the UK.

Thirteen prisoners were deported to Jamaica in a flight on Wednesday, but lawyers successfully moved to have another 23 removed from the aircraft’s passenger list, with their cases now under review.

Naomi Campbell holding a sign posing for the camera: Naomi Campbell is among campaigners opposing the deportations (Ian West/PA) © Provided by PA Media Naomi Campbell is among campaigners opposing the deportations (Ian West/PA)

Model Naomi Campbell and actress Thandie Newton were among more than 90 high profile figures who signed an open letter last week to several airlines calling on them to refuse to provide deportation flights for the prisoners.

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The letter said in part: “Until justice has been delivered for all Commonwealth Windrush victims, any deportations to Commonwealth countries risk further unlawful removals of Windrush generation members or Windrush descendants who may have the right to remain in the UK but do not yet have the required paperwork.”

Labour’s immigration spokesman Holly Lynch has led MPs’ opposition to the deportations, telling the Commons on Monday the full consequences of the Windrush scandal had not yet been established.

She added: “With that in mind, what assessment has been made to ensure that none of those scheduled to be on the flight are eligible under the Windrush scheme, or have been affected by the wider immigration injustices that impacted the victims of the Windrush scandal?”

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Jamaica-bound deportation flight - meaning two rapists and a murderer among 23 criminals still in In all, 23 criminals submitted appeals which led to them avoiding deportation MPs, celebrities and lawyers believe some may be Windrush descendants Lawyers who helped stop 23 criminals including rapists and killers being deported to Jamaica

The home secretary, Priti Patel , said: “This group is crucial to delivering on our promise to right the wrongs experienced by the Windrush generation and it is right that we advance these issues in a constructive, sensitive and responsible way. “We know that the best way to make sure we reach all

Speaking to the Daily Mail, the Home Secretary was heavily critical of the campaigners trying to link the cases of the “vile criminals” scheduled for deportation to the Windrush scandal.

“The Windrush scandal is a stain on our country’s history,’ she said. “That generation made an enormous contribution to our country and were wronged by successive governments.

“To see ill-informed Labour politicians and do-gooding celebrities attempting to conflate the victims of Windrush with these vile criminals set for deportation is not only misjudged and upsetting but deeply offensive.”

Miss Patel said the Government would “never stand in solidarity with rapists and murderers” and was “committed to removing these foreign criminals from our country” as they had violated British laws and had no right be remain in the country.

The Windrush scandal began to emerge in 2017, revealing Caribbean migrants with a right to live in the UK were wrongfully detained or expelled.

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PRITI PATEL has accused Labour MPs and left-wing activists of 're-traumatising' victims of crime after attempts Priti Patel as accused Labour MPs of 're-traumatising' crime victims (Image: PA). DON'T MISS: Liberals must not compare criminals to Windrush , says CAROLE MALONE [COMMENT] Priti

Priti Patel has lashed out at 'lefty lawyers' after a flight deporting serious criminals from the UK to Jamaica Campaigners had been trying to halt the scheduled deportation flight to the West Indies amid But the Government insisted the flight was to remove 'dangerous foreign criminals ' from the

a person wearing glasses and smiling at the camera: Labour MP Holly Lynch has campaigned against the deportations in Parliament (Chris McAndrew/UK Parliament/PA) © Provided by PA Media Labour MP Holly Lynch has campaigned against the deportations in Parliament (Chris McAndrew/UK Parliament/PA)

The Home Office insisted none of the offenders amid the 36 Jamaican individuals were eligible for the Windrush compensation scheme. But it would not say whether any had immediate relatives who were from the Windrush generation.

The department said all 36 originally due to be on board the flight were Jamaican citizens and none had been born in the UK. It would not say whether any had lived in the country since they were children.

Chris Philp, minister for immigration compliance, said the flight which left the UK in the early hours of Wednesday had removed 13 “serious foreign criminals”.

Some of the other Jamaicans due to be on board were granted a last-minute reprieve after fresh asylum and modern slavery claims were made.

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