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Monday, 30 April 2018 - 11:51
UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd resigns
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Amber Rudd has resigned as Home Secretary, saying she "inadvertently misled" MPs over targets for removing illegal immigrants.
 
Rudd, who had been due to make a Commons statement, was under pressure to quit over the Windrush scandal.
 
She faced criticism over the existence of Home Office removals targets and her knowledge of them.
 
Shadow home secretary Diane Abbott, who had repeatedly urged Rudd to go, said she had "done the right thing".
 
Abbott added that the "architect of this crisis" - Theresa May - must come before the Commons to explain "whether she knew that Amber Rudd was misleading Parliament and the public last week".
 
Yesterday (Apr. 29), the Guardian published the full letter it had reported on a week earlier, in which Rudd set out her "ambitious but deliverable" aim to deport 10% more illegal immigrants over the "next few years" to Theresa May.
 
Rudd telephoned the Prime Minister last evening to tell her of the decision amid intensifying opposition demands for her to quit.
 
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