David Lammy MP: Those responsible for Windrush should 'fall on their sword'
Labour MP David Lammy told today’s Good Morning Britain that those responsible for the Windrush scandal should fall on their sword.
He said: “I’ve been a minister in the government, if I had been responsible for the pain that we’re hearing, I certainly would have stepped aside. I would have fallen on my sword, I would have been so embarrassed with myself and what I had been responsible for. We used to do the honourable thing, we seem no longer to be bothered. Amber Rudd talked about the State yesterday as if she wasn’t the State, she’s responsible for the Home Office, who’ve done all this to people.”
He added: “It’s really, really shameful. It’s just so deeply depressing. After the huge contribution of West Indian and Caribbean people to this country that we’re still having a debate in 2018 about whether we’re British... of course we’re British, we were part of the British empire. We arrived here as British. To lock people up, to deport them, to deny them healthcare, for people to have lost jobs, really in the end no-one has really taken responsibility. There’s been a U-turn, but no-one has taken responsibility. It has really soured my sense of politics and how we treat people.”
He continued: “We should be very, very ashamed, Amber Rudd, her ministers and this government that have created this policy should be very, very ashamed that good people have been treated in this way.”