Windrush: will Amber Rudd resign?

James O'Brien in the LBC studio

James O'Brien in the LBC studio

Her admissions to the Commons home affairs select committee will raise further questions about her grip on the Home Office.

The Home Secretary has faced calls to resign over a scandal which has seen long-term residents of the United Kingdom, who came to Britain in the decades after the Second World War, wrongly stripped of benefits and threatened with deportation.

The report also said the Home Office had a process for returning families who had no legal right to remain in the United Kingdom, something which had a "single numerical target".

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Rudd told a parliamentary committee she had known about the problem for months and said officials were still checking how many people had been detained over their supposed immigration status.

Rudd also rejected the claim the Home Office had targets for how many people should be deported from the country.

However, the report shows that targets for migrant removals did exist at the time and were split between regionally-based enforcement teams.

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Some said new revelations about efforts to deport people who came from the Caribbean decades ago undermined trust in British promises and so a deal to phase out EU court protection for Europeans in Britain after eight years should be reviewed.

"If there are removals targets in the Home Office and the two people who supposedly in charge don't know about them, that feels pretty serious", she said.

Labour MP Yvette Cooper MP has lashed out at Prime Minister Theresa May after the UK PM quoted her during PMQs, while trying to defend her ill-fated "hostile environment" immigration policy. Ms Rudd told MPs she bitterly regretted her failure to grasp the scale of the scandal sooner.

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It was also reported today that Boris Johnson has called for May to introduce an amnesty for "squeaky clean" illegal immigrants in the wake of the Windrush scandal.

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