Amber Rudd 'hanging by a thread' after blunders over immigration targets
29 April, 2018, 00:27
Rudd had previously told MPs that the Home Office does not operate on deportation targets, before it was revealed last week in a leaked document that as recently as three years ago, the department did have targets for the removal of illegal migrants.
"She didn't knowingly mislead the House of Commons, but she accepted that she was inaccurate in her statements", he told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme.
Ms Rudd's candid admissions were immediately condemned by the shadow home secretary, Diane Abbott, who said saying sorry was not enough and again demanded her resignation. She has overseen what has possibly been one of the most damaging crisis of a political career, yet still remains in a job and with the support of Theresa May.
In a four-part late night statement, the minister said she will address Parliament on the issue on Monday to answer "legitimate questions that have arisen on targets and illegal migration".
A key document detailing the targets "was not placed in her box" by officials, Mr Gove said, claiming that Labour had chosen to "weaponise" the issue to distract from its "failure to deal with anti-Semitism" in the party.
Labour claim she is only being kept in post to protect the Prime Minister, who as home secretary was the architect of the so-called "hostile environment" policy for immigrants, which critics blame for fuelling the fiasco.
'It is inconceivable that Amber Rudd did not know about the targets'.
However, after it emerged a 2015 inspection report made clear the practice did exist, she told MPs on Thursday that while the immigration arm of the Home Office had used "local targets", they were "not published targets against which performance was assessed".
Rudd did respond by saying she had "not seen the #Leaked memo".
"The danger is that that very broad target put pressure on Home Office officials to bundle Jamaican grandmothers into detention centres".
"She failed to read crucial documents which meant she wasn't aware of the removal targets which have led to people's lives being ruined", she said.
It is of paramount importance that ministers give accurate and truthful information to Parliament, correcting any inadvertent error at the earliest opportunity, the code states.
Also, besides not wanting to lose her from the Home Office, she will not want to lose a prominent Remainer from her Brexit war cabinet of senior ministers, with crucial discussions on the customs union looming.
Labour MP for Tottenham David Lammy, who has been vocal in calling for Rudd's resignation, also took to Twitter to voice his opinions on the home secretary.