Prime Minister Theresa May has today paid tribute to the thousands of people who arrived in Britain decades ago as part of the Windrush Generation.
In a video released on Twitter on the second ever Windrush Day , May says that the UK will 'always be their home' and confirms a memorial statue to them will soon be erected in Waterloo station.
"On this Windrush Day and every day, let us give thanks to those pioneering men and women. They crossed an ocean to… https://t.co/IQ88pBLmJX— UK Prime Minister (@UK Prime Minister) 1561191463
A year ago the government was rocked by revelations that they had created a 'hostile environment' for many people who have lived in the UK for the majority of their lives but are excluded from certain rights and benefits that other citizens are entitled too. This resulted in at least 83 cases of people either being wrongly detained or deported from the UK by the Home Office.
May, who coined the term 'hostile environment' when she was home secretary, has received a furious backlash to this video with many pointing out that her policies have led to many people from this generation and the relatives feeling unwelcome in the UK.
The absolute nerve of instituting a policy which denied Windrush Britons crucial medical care, including for cancer… https://t.co/VGyTjSMiPR— Owen Jones 🌹 (@Owen Jones 🌹) 1561193866
Theresa May introduced the hostile environment policy, which demanded people submit paperwork to prove they were UK… https://t.co/CCqSsNU49N— Nooruddean (@Nooruddean) 1561196972
What a cheeky fuckwit. Say it louder, mate so they can hear you from where you deported them. https://t.co/PkJFNvk91D— Kath 💙🙀😷❄️🇪🇺✊🏾 (@Kath 💙🙀😷❄️🇪🇺✊🏾) 1561193621
@10DowningStreet @theresa_may This has to be one of the most shameless things I've ever seen. You were the Home Sec… https://t.co/Q3KiTPV8Ti— Another Angry Voice (@Another Angry Voice) 1561198248
@10DowningStreet @theresa_may wow the hypocrisy coming from the lady that created the hostile environment— Hardeep #SuperCampaigner #NHS💙 (@Hardeep #SuperCampaigner #NHS💙) 1561194021
@10DowningStreet @theresa_may So to be clear, someone sat down, wrote this tweet, posted it and at no point thought… https://t.co/YBWkEhIn8C— Dr Pete Rowley (@Dr Pete Rowley) 1561194175
"...and in today's episode of 'Are You Fucking Kidding Me?'... https://t.co/qfR27LJbOT— Phlegm Clandango (@Phlegm Clandango) 1561194045
Richard Stewart, a Windrush victim of the hostile environment died last week whilst waiting for his case to be reso… https://t.co/P0N8ZnwElb— Anne Neylon (@Anne Neylon) 1561197175
Some felt that this video should have been posted by a parody account.
@10DowningStreet @theresa_may Parody account, reported.— Henry Morris (@Henry Morris) 1561191872
@10DowningStreet @theresa_may How do these parody accounts get a blue tick?— Dave Dixon (@Dave Dixon) 1561193786
@10DowningStreet @theresa_may “Can I just shock you, I respect the people who arrived as part of the Windrush gener… https://t.co/3ebXXEiicx— MUNDIAL (@MUNDIAL) 1561195462
Is this a parody or has her account been hacked? https://t.co/gmhN2EHyUF— Nigel Bennett (@Nigel Bennett) 1561198229
It was a stark contrast to the video posted by Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn.
The history of Windrush you didn't know about. #WindrushDay https://t.co/9oeAnenoXk— Jeremy Corbyn (@Jeremy Corbyn) 1561186800
Indy100 has contacted Downing Street for comment.
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