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MPs: Windrush pledges should be written into law

SPEARHEAD: David Lammy MP

OVER 200 MPs have signed a letter to the prime minister requesting that government promises to Windrush migrants to be written into law.

The letter, co-ordinated by Tottenham MP David Lammy, said concerns over compensation, housing and legal rights had not been settled.

According to BBC News, the letter, addressed to Theresa May, said any promises made by the government in response to the Windrush crisis should be enshrined in law "without delay".

It continued: "We are calling on you to do this by bringing a statutory instrument before Parliament to ensure that the measures are implemented as quickly as possible."

The signatories are predominantly Labour MPs but politicians from the Liberal Democrats, SNP, Plaid Cymru and the Green Party - as well as one Conservative - also feature.

In a series of tweets, Lammy said: " I have written to the PM supported by 200 MPs demanding that the promises made by the Govnt following the Windrush crisis are written into law. Warm words don't cut it. Announcements by Ministers with no legal backing are simply not good enough."

He added: I am calling for legal guarantees in three areas: compensation, burden of proof required by the Home Office Commonwealth taskforce assessing cases and promises about immigration enforcement."

The Windrush row erupted after it was revealed that some migrants from Commonwealth Caribbean countries who settled in the UK from the late 1940s to the 1970s, and their relatives, had been declared illegal immigrants.

Some of the Windrush generation have been threatened with deportation, lost their jobs, or been refused access medical care.

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