Windrush deaths in Jamaica shame this Government and the Prime Minister

30 Aug 2018
Diane Abbott MP, Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary, responding to the Jamaican Foreign Minister revealing that at least three members of the Windrush generation who were wrongly deported to the Caribbean have died before officials were able to contact them to help them return to the UK, said:

“The deaths of these British citizens in Jamaica shame this government and the Prime Minister, who is the architect of the hostile environment policy that saw these British citizens sent to Jamaica.

“Our fellow citizens dying thousands of miles from their homes, families and friends and our health service is the latest tragic injustice suffered by our fellow citizens as a direct result of the Tories’ hostile environment. The Prime Minister must personally apologise to their families and loved ones.

“The true scale of this scandal is still being revealed and the Home Office has not come clean about how many of the Windrush generation were deported. We still do not have the final figures of how many people were forced into so-called voluntary deportations, barred from re-entering the country after visiting family overseas or detained as prisoners in their own country.

“Labour will ensure that the Windrush generation get the justice they deserve. In government, we will end the Tories’ hostile environment to prevent these injustices being repeated.”

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