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David Lammy @DavidLammy
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Tonight @ukhomeoffice revealed that 83 British citizens, at least 8 of whom are dead, were victims of Theresa May’s ‘deport first ask questions later’ hostile environment. This number will continue to rise as more cases are identified. (… …)
This is a national disgrace. Each case is a shocking indictment of a government pandering to far right xenophobia, bogus immigration targets and the dog whistle of the right wing press.
Our own citizens were sent across the ocean without a penny in their pockets. The same ocean Britain took their ancestors across in chains on slave ships. Thousands of victims walk among us: destitute, homeless, jobless; still waiting for the compensation they need and deserve.
I am disgusted, but not surprised, that @sajidjavid tried to sneak this news out tonight without even a statement in Parliament. It is yet another insult to the Windrush generation to which he promised to "do right".
It has been six months since I first raised this in Parliament .There is still no hardship fund, still no compensation scheme, and still no final figure for the number impacted. History will judge this government poorly for its shocking mistreatment and abuse of its own citizens.
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