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Government commits to implementing Windrush review recommendations in full

The Government has committed to implement the recommendations of the Windrush Lessons Learned review in full, Priti Patel has announced.

And she said more than £1m has been offered in compensation to those affected by the scandal.

But her announcement was met with a string of reports from MPs of constituents who still have outstanding cases two years on.

Labour criticised the government for being too slow to respond - having managed to compensate just 60 people so far.

Shadow Home Secretary Nick Thomas Symonds said: “That rate of progress is just too slow given the number of years that have elapsed since this scandal first came to light and already this scheme has been in operation for over a year."

Ms Patel refused to apologise for the pace of compensation as the individual cases are “complicated”, but admitted it had been “far too slow”

She pledged to return to the Commons with a further statement later in the year, confirming what specific actions would be taken to meet the demands of the report.

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The Home Secretary told MPs: "I was clear when Wendy Williams published her Lessons Learned Review that I would listen and I would act.

"I have heard what she has said and I will be accepting the recommendations she has made in full.

"I am committed to ensuring that the Home Office delivers for each part of the community it serves and I will come back to update the House on how we will be implementing the recommendations before the summer recess."

It comes after the Home Secretary announced a new "working group" to "right the wrongs" suffered by the Windrush generation.

Ms Patel will chair the new Windrush Cross-Government Working Group with Bishop Derek Webley as part of the Government's efforts to address the scandal.

SNP justice and home affairs spokeswoman Joanna Cherry called for a "root and branch review" of the hostile environment policy.

She said: "It's all very well to agree that Black Lives Matter, but actions speak louder than words and the reality is that many of this Government's immigration policies continue to have disproportionate impacts on BAME communities and if the Home Secretary does not carry out the root and branch review of the hostile environment policy this will continue."

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Monday marked 72 years since the Empire Windrush arrived at Tilbury Docks on June 22 1948, carrying some 500 people from Jamaica.

But thousands of Commonwealth immigrants - who came to Britain in the decades following the Second World War - were incorrectly denied rights, lost their jobs and in some cases, were being deported due to the Home Office's "hostile environment" policy towards migrants.

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