Priti Patel has struck out at “ill-informed” celebrities who helped scupper the Home Office’s plans to deport 50 Jamaican criminals earlier this week.
As many as 23 convicts were let off at the last minute through familiar tactics by social justice campaigns who lodged appeals at the eleventh hour.
The anti-deportation campaign kicked off last month with a letter signed by 82 black celebrities, including Naomi Campbell and Thandie Newton. As the departure date drew closer, the campaign gathered momentum with Labour MP Kim Johnson describing the deportation as “obscene and irresponsible”.
Controversially, the campaigning celebrities had attempted to link the Jamaican criminals with the Windrush Scandal. The posture was too far for many, this Government has apologized repeatedly for Windrush, even though it occurred under previous governments. In fact, the plans were originally laid down by the last Labour Government in 2009.
Yesterday, juniour Home Office Minister Chris Philp condemned social justice lawyers’ crafy tactics to stop criminals convicted of violent crimes from being deported. Patel rallied behind Philp’s later that day, attacking “do-gooding celebrities” and Labour MPs who the Home Secretary clearly thinks ought to know better.
“The Windrush scandal is a stain on our country’s history,” said Patel. “That generation made an enormous contribution to our country and were wronged by successive governments.
“To see ill-informed Labour politicians and do-gooding celebrities attempting to conflate the victims of Windrush with these vile criminals set for deportation is not only misjudged and upsetting but deeply offensive.”
The Government already has plans to tighten legislation on the deportation of foreign criminals. The Sun reports that Patel has pledged to get the remaining 23 criminals back on an outbound plane for Jamaica “as soon as possible”.