“This is a day of national shame”
The words spoken by SOAS Law graduate David Lammy MP echoed around the chambers of the House of Commons on Monday 16 April as the Government held an emergency debate on the Windrush Crisis.
After the Second World War, 1000s of commonwealth citizens from the West Indies and the Caribbean were invited to live in the UK to help rebuild the country. Their status is wholly legitimate but many do not have official documentation due to lax bureaucracy at the time.
Please share this message far and wide. If you are a Windrush child or know a Windrush child who has been deported back to the Caribbean, deported, lost their home, lost their job or been stripped of their rights please email me in confidence and I will take it up. #Windrush
— David Lammy (@DavidLammy) April 17, 2018
Some have already been deported in error; whilst many that remain are facing harsh barriers to their daily lives, such as suspension of access to services like the NHS.
Watch the video below via The Guardian News YouTube channel:
David Lammy graduated from the SOAS School of Law in 1993 with an LLB (Hons) degree, and went on to be the first black Briton to attend Harvard Law School. He was first elected to Parliament in 2000, as the MP for Tottenham, the most ethnically diverse constituency in Europe. He held a number of Ministerial posts in the Labour government, including Minister for Culture and Minister for Higher Education.
David delivered the first School of Law Annual Inception Lecture back in 2011.