Amber Rudd resigns LIVE: Theresa May to pick new Home Secretary 

Amber Rudd resigns LIVE: Theresa May to pick new Home Secretary

  • Could Amber Rudd team up with Tory Brexit rebels and be a thorn in PM’s side?
  • Amber Rudd QUITS as Home Secretary to take ‘responsibility’ for misleading MPs over targets for kicking out illegal immigrants 
  • Sajid Javid is installed as bookies’ favourite to replace Rudd  
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Amber Rudd has finally bowed to massive pressure and quit saying she had to ‘take responsibility’ for misleading parliament over deportation targets for illegal migrants.

It is believed the Home Secretary decided to fall on her sword rather than face more humiliation amid the outcry over the Windrush immigration debacle, and telephoned Theresa May to inform her of the move late on Sunday. 

The dramatic departure will be a huge blow for the Prime Minister – who is expected to annoucne her replacement shortly. 

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Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott appeared on today’s Good Morning Britain and said that it’s right Amber Rudd has resigned. However, she wouldn’t be drawn on what the Labour party’s policy is on immigration.

She explained: ‘It’s right that Amber Rudd has gone and really why she had to go was because of the Windrush scandal and it happened on her watch. But of course all roads on the Windrush scandal lead back to Theresa May because an ill thought out hostile environment strategy was really something that in the end she was the author of.’

Asked if there should be targets for removing illegal immigrants, she said: ‘Amber Rudd’s resignation was really about taking ministerial responsibility for the Windrush scandal. As for targets, of course the Home Office should have targets for specific areas of activity. For instance, we should have a target for removing people that are in prison but the judge has directed they be deported. We have no such target and many of those people don’t get deported. That is wrong. The problem with the targets that Theresa May was responsible for [is that] they were too broad, they were too general, they didn’t address specific policy problems and that is why the Windrush generation got caught up in them.’


Piers Morgan repeatedly said he wasn’t trying to ‘trip’ the Shadow Home Secretary up as he questioned her on Labour’s immigration policy.

PM’s inner circle back mandarin who dreamt up exit plan but Brexiteers warn he could bring her down

Meanwhile, a string of Theresa May’s close allies were last night forced to defend the civil servant who dreamt up her controversial plan for Britain’s exit from the customs union.

They spoke out in support of the PM’s Europe adviser Olly Robbins after Eurosceptics warned his EU ‘customs partnership’ proposal was unworkable.

Critics said Mr Robbins’ solution for keeping goods flowing freely between Britain and the EU could lead to the UK staying in the customs union by the back door.

Could Amber Rudd now team up with Tory Brexit rebels and be a thorn in the PM’s side?

The prominent Remain supporter – the fourth Cabinet minister to fall on a sword in six months – had been seen as Theresa May’s protege after the Prime Minister anointed her as her successor at the Home Office.

Now there is a risk she could team up with Tory Brexit rebels, including Nicky Morgan and Anna Soubry, on the backbenches and become a thorn in the side of the woman who did so much to shape her career, writes John Stevens Deputy Political Editor For The Daily Mail

How former banker Rudd went from being ‘aristocracy coordinator’ on Four Weddings And A Funeral to a contender for PM

Amber Rudd is a former investment banker, venture capitalist and financial journalist who decided to enter politics in her 40s in order to get ‘a grip on her life’.

David Cameron put Ms Rudd, 54, on his controversial A-list of candidates and she took Hastings and Rye back from Labour in 2010.

She then enjoyed a rapid rise through the ranks, serving as parliamentary private secretary to then-chancellorGeorge Osborne two years later.

She was promoted to junior minister at the Energy and Climate Change department in 2014, entering Cabinet as secretary of state for the same brief in 2015.

Earlier in her life, she was appointed ‘aristocracy coordinator’ by Four Weddings And A Funeral director Richard Curtis after he gave Ms Rudd – who is believed to briefly appear in a church scene in the film – the job of casting extras for the movie because she ‘knew a lot of dukes and earls.’

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In a newspaper interview this weekend, Mr Javid said of the Windrush fiasco: ‘It could have been me, my mum or my dad.’

The Communities Secretary is seen as a uniting figure and issued a plea to ethnic minorities to look at the Government’s efforts to ‘put things right.’ 

Mr Javid backed remaining in the EU and would balance the scales with Boris Johnson as Foreign Secretary, who helped lead the leave campaign.

Amber Rudd QUITS as Home Secretary late last night

Amber Rudd finally bowed to massive pressure last night and quit saying she had to ‘take responsibility’ for misleading parliament over deportation targets for illegal migrants.

With no sign of the scandal blowing over, the Home Secretary decided to fall on her sword rather than face more humiliation.

‘I feel it is necessary to do so because I inadvertently misled the Home Affairs Select Committee,’ she said – admitting she ‘should have been aware’ the targets existed.  

The dramatic departure will be a huge blow for Theresa May – and potentially leaves her personally vulnerable. 


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