Tories Accused Of 'Shameless Cover Up' Over Amber Rudd Immigration Target Claims

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Britain's Home Secretary Amber Rudd resigned Sunday after the government struggled to contain the fallout over the way it has treated some long-term Caribbean immigrants who have wrongly been labeled illegal immigrants.

Rudd had been under pressure to explain apparent discrepancies between her evidence to the Parliament's Home Affairs Select Committee last week denying any knowledge of deportation targets for illegal migrants in the UK Home Office headed by her and a memo leaked to the media that linked her to such targets.

Ms Rudd's former deputy at the Home Office, Brandon Lewis, said he often talked to her about the 10% "ambition" for enforced removals but not "detailed numbers or targets".

That prompted a fresh call from Labour's interior policy chief Diane Abbott for Rudd to resign.

Yvette Cooper, chairman of the Home Affairs Committee, who questioned Ms Rudd about targets, tweeted: "Well this is clearly not true".

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"What the Home Secretary was very aware of was her ambition to see an increase in the number of people who were being here illegally that we were removing, particularly those foreign national offenders".

The Home Secretary is battling to cling on to her job amid calls to resign after she told MPs she did not know her officials used deportation targets and does not agree with them.

Colleagues came to her defence on Saturday, with Justice Secretary David Gauke telling Sky News he was confident Ms Rudd had not meant to mislead anyone over whether she knew about migrant removal targets.

After repeated challenges to her testimony on the deportation of immigrants, Rudd telephoned May on Sunday and offered her resignation. The home secretary rejected the suggested that she should hand in her resignation.

Khan says: "As the scandalous treatment of the Windrush generation emerged, Conservative politicians tried to give the impression that it was an anomaly, an accidental series of mistakes".

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Firstly, Theresa May attempted to blame Labour in 2009 but that was false, secondly, they tried to claim that Theresa May had no idea, this was later revealed as false and now Amber Rudd is trying to claim that they had no idea of any regional targets set.

There will be pressure to pick someone from the Remain side of the Brexit debate to replace Ms Rudd, who has been among the most outspoken in the cabinet on questions such as Britain's potential future membership of a customs union with the EU. "It's time for Rudd to go".

"I asked her how many people have been imprisoned in her own country, she said she didn't know".

Rudd was forced onto the defensive after this week telling a parliamentary committee the Home Office did not keep targets for the number of illegal immigrants removed from Britain.

'Amber was right in what she said.

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Treasury to reimburse for the severance package that was made from his office account. The statement said Meehan "has no future plans to discuss at this time".

A Downing Street spokesman said: "The Prime Minister has tonight accepted the resignation of the Home Secretary".

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