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- May reverses government position on Windrush immigration meeting
- Immigration minister’s interviews on ‘Windrush generation’ – Summary
Sergei Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister, has told the BBC’s Hardtalk that relations between Russia and the West are worse than they were during the cold war. Asked if the world was in a new cold war, he replied:
I think it is worse, because during the cold war there were channels of communication and there was no obsession with Russophobia, which looks like genocide by sanctions.
There is no proof that on April 7 chemical weapons were used in Douma. I cannot be impolite to the heads of other states, but frankly speaking, all the evidence they quoted was based on media reports and social networks. A canister lying on a bed and the bed is intact and the window glass is not broken – look, you need to be a bit more serious.
Why strike the day before the OPCW [Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons] is going to move there and verify the fact which they assert was a fact?
Caroline Nokes, the immigration minister, has given various interviews about the “Windrush generation” today, including to the Daily Politics and to the World at One. Here are the main points.
I am conscious that there are issues around the cost of applying for no time limit applications and I think it is important that we work together going forward to find ways to make this easier …
I think it is important that we look at a range of measures that remove the deterrence from people for making contact with us.
What I would say is I want to send a message to the West Indian community. We invited you here. We wanted you to come to the UK and help us rebuild after the second world war. We absolutely have a duty to make sure that those who have not had their status regularised – and there may well be many of them – have the opportunity now. Come and get in contact with the Home Office.
I think I have been very clear how sorry I am about this whole situation. These are people who we have welcomed to our country, who we relied upon after the second world war to help rebuild. So of course I’m sorry. I’m sorry for all of the individual, heart-breaking cases. And we have to do better.
I’m very conscious that we have made some mistakes, which we cannot continue to make and I’m determined that we won’t. Because these people have contributed an enormous amount. And just because they don’t have a passport, or can’t prove how long they’ve been here, we should be treating them with sensitivity and sympathy, and not detaining them.
We just want people to give us what records they have, work with us, so we can work with the DVLA, with DWP, HMRC, to build up a picture of their time here, so that we aren’t asking for this onerous burden of proof.