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Lab SP: Addressing the Windrush Crisis Policy Reveal
Shadow Home Secretary and MP for Holborn and St Pancras, David Levy, delivered a speech at the Emmanuel Centre in London, across the street from the Home Office. Among the crowd are special invitees from the Windrush Generation and representatives of the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants. 

Prior to the speech, he unveiled a policy paper outlining Labour's new immigration policies. The paper is titled Addressing Windrush: Meaningful Reform of the Home Office.


Ladies and gentlemen, members of the press, and special invitees,

I have, over the course of my political career, rarely been confronted with an issue as shocking to the core as the mistreatment and I justice which has characterized the experience of the Windrush Generation. These men and women moved to Britain, usually as small children, on British passports; the decline and fall of the British Empire was afoot, and the domestic situations in all of their countries of origin were unclear. The British Government offered them an opportunity: to move to the United Kingdom, to stay here, to work here, to grow here. It was an opportunity that they, and their parents, took and they believed, reasonably so, that they would be welcomed with open arms and given the opportunities they needed to excel and become part of their communities.

And, for much of the history of the Windrush Generation, they were. Things began somewhat poorly: Britons failed to welcome them. There were demonstrations, there was every day racism and extraordinary racism, Enoch Powell made his infamous rivers of blood speech. But, over time, and with extraordinary resilience, the Windrush Generation, their children, and now their children's children have cemented themselves in our communities, and we are better for it.

Our laws, though not always perfect, have contributed to the way in which these migrants and others have been welcomed to Britain and given opportunities here. These people, some of whom are here tonight, have become staples in our communities, they have often carried the brunt of economic development, they have become instrumental members of the national health service, they have kept our communities running, and they have contributed, in a very meaningful way, to the development of a modern, multicultural, and vibrant United Kingdom.

But we have turned our backs on them in recent times. Since 2012, when Theresa May was the Home Secretary, the Conservative Government has implemented what they call a "Hostile Environment Policy," the goal of which is to make it more difficult for anyone who was not born here to be compliant with immigration law. It may beggar the mind of any reasonably thinking person that an enforcement agency would want to make it more difficult for anyone to be compliant with the regulations, but this is how the Conservatives have chosen to operate. The problem becomes, perhaps, even clearer when we examine a second key fact: the Home Office also began, around this time, to pay performance bonuses to frontline and higher up staff based solely on the number of migrants they turn away and, even, deport. 

This culture of hostile environment and pay-to-deport has only been fed by recent government appointments. Amber Rudd and Sajid Javid continued these policies and, I am only too sorry to report, so has Harold Saxon. But it is little wonder that Harold Saxon has continued these policies, when his boss, the Prime Minister William Croft, was a Minister of State in the Home Office during this era, and he championed his old boss, Theresa May, in her bid to become leader three years ago. Under their management, the Conservative Party has fomented a tick-box culture, which fails to view migrants as the people that they are, instead treating them inhumanely and unjustly as opportunities to pad their stats and get a healthy bonus check.

This issue extends far beyond the Windrush Generation, to more recent migrants. It is obvious to me that serious reform must be undertaken to make our immigration process easier for those who have a right to be here, but difficult for those who are here illegally. We have got to begin taking action today to change the culture at the Home Office so that the goal is humane, sensitive, and common sense application of the laws, not unlawful, uncaring, binary application designed to trip you up. We have got to begin to renew the trust between government and the migrant community by going into their communities, and listening, and then coming back to government and changing. 

What I have proposed is a start to doing just that. In your hands you have the Labour Party's policy on addressing the Windrush Scandal. It is based on reports from the Joint Committee on Human Rights, the National Auditor's Office, and the information I have received from a Freedom of Information Request to the Home Office. I commend it to you all fully.


After the speech, the Shadow Home Secretary hosted a small reception where he made himself available to attendees to discuss the policy and answer questions.
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This was a great speech that set the mood for an election which wouldn't focus on Brexit but would be a good example of Labour kicking the snot out of the Tories on a number of other issues. People love the idea of being tough on immigrants, but when they see what that means up close they tend to get a bit more iffy on the matter and this perfectly exploits that contradiction to make things very interesting going forward. You would have received 2 XP if your character were still with us.

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