Andrew Marr & Theresa May

Marr vs May on Windrush: the transcript

Andrew Marr: Let me ask you about another burning injustice which you didn’t mention but I think a lot of people would regard as a burning injustice: the treatment of all of those West Indian people who came here in the 1950s and 1960s – asked here to work, people from the Caribbean and elsewhere. We were very, very short of jobs in those days. We brought them into this country. And as a result of your hostile environment policy, their lives have been turned upside down. I’m talking of course of the Windrush generation. Do you not think that was a burning injustice?

Theresa May: I think – and I’ve apologised for what happened to the Windrush generation – and it was something that was taking place over a number of years, across governments, what matters is…

AM: But it was clearly under you.

TM: …but what matters is, you’re absolutely right: we asked those people to come here. They came here. They helped to build our great institution of the National Health Service. And they deserve to be treated better. And that’s why we’ve apologised. That’s why we’ve been working with governments, for example in the Caribbean, to make sure we identify cases where perhaps people have gone back and not been able to come back to the UK, so that we can actually support people. It’s why we’re helping people to get the documents. The issue was, they didn’t have documents given to them at the time which proved their status here in the UK. We all knew they were British, we knew they were part of us, and we’re rectifying that for them at the moment.

AM: Do you know how many people of the Windrush generation have lost their homes as a result of your hostile environment policy.

TM: The Home Office has been looking at all the issues that have been affecting people from the Windrush generation.

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