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UK Housing Minister to Run Interior as Immigration Scandal Grows

UK Housing Minister to Run Interior as Immigration Scandal Grows

A spokesman for May said Javid, who had been minister for housing, communities and local government, "has proved his drive, his ambition and determination to get to grips with hard subjects, and these are abilities which will all be required at the Home Office".

The 48-year-old former investment banker becomes the first South Asian origin MP to hold the key portfolio in the UK Cabinet.

"I think that's what people want to see", said Javid, whose parents were born in pre-Partition India before migrating to Pakistan and then to the United Kingdom in the 1960s. He is the Conservative party MP for Bromsgrove and has previously held business and culture portfolios in the United Kingdom government.

Friends of Ms Rudd are furious about the way civil servants were able to undermine her by apparently leaking documents about immigration policy and forcing the Home Secretary to quit on Sunday evening.

Britain's new interior minister vowed Monday to sort out an immigration scandal shaking the government, saying that as the child of immigrants he was angered by the mistreatment of long-term residents from the Caribbean.

Amber Rudd resigned from her position after she admitted she "inadvertently" misled MPs over government targets for removing illegal migrants.

May was the longest-serving home secretary in decades before becoming prime minister, and some opposition figures have accused her of drawing up overly harsh immigration policies.

In April 2014, Javid was appointed Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport under then-Premier David Cameron. "It immediately impacted me".

"What has happened to the Windrush generation isn't an anomaly".

Mr Javid, whose parents came from Pakistan, expressed anger at the treatment of those United Kingdom citizens, telling the Sunday Telegraph: "That could be me". "They too came to help rebuild this country and offer all that they had".

"When I heard about the Windrush issue, I thought that could've been my mum, dad, uncle or me".

His replacement as Communities Secretary, James Brokenshire, gets Mrs May another ultra-loyalist into the Cabinet after the departure of "human shield" Ms Rudd, who will now be watched closely to see if she sides with Remainer rebels or causes immigration headaches for the PM.

Javid said Sunday that the Windrush scandal felt "very personal" but urged people to concentrate on the government's efforts to rectify the situation.

In her resignation letter to Mrs May, Ms Rudd said: "I feel it is necessary to do so because I inadvertently misled the Home Affairs Select Committee over targets for removal of illegal immigrants during their questions on Windrush".

In the wake of the Windrush scandal that saw people with the legal right to live in the United Kingdom threatened with deportation, Labour has moved its focus from Rudd to May.

The Guardian newspaper reported a letter from Rudd to May previous year in which she stated an "ambitious but deliverable" aim for an increase in the enforced deportation of immigrants.

Amber Rudd is the fourth cabinet minister to resign in six months following Michael Fallon, Priti Patel and Damian Green.

The dramatic exit of close ally Rudd came as a setback for May, whose centre-right Conservative Party faces potentially bruising local authority elections across metropolitan England on Thursday.


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