Almost a year since the Windrush scandal came to light in the national press, and more than four months since Amber Rudd was forced to resign, the government are still failing to face up to the full scale of the problem.
Last week I challenged Immigration Minister Caroline Nokes on the seemingly endless delays. I have been approached by numerous members of Bristol’s important African-Caribbean community, who have been waiting for months to have their cases resolved, despite the promise back in April that this would happen “within two weeks”.
In her non-answer, the Minister failed to explain the delays, or to give any information on the number of cases in the backlog. Sadly, this is typical of a government which has continued to shrug off responsibility for the ‘hostile environment’ policy, which affects people beyond the Commonwealth.
And not just in Bristol West. Many other MPs across the country have spoken up for constituents facing similar problems. Some national figures showing the scale of the Windrush backlog would tell us whether the Home Office is taking the decisive action that was promised.
I will continue to hold the Home Office to account and support my constituents who have been treated so disgracefully.