The Home Office has been broken by a public discourse that has gotten out of control. A xenophobic rhetoric that has become accepted by too many. The UKIPification of our newspapers, TV, and our politics.

Alberta's story is a reminder of why we need to 🚮 the #HostileEnvironment
You can watch my full speech on the treatment of people under immigration control here:

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4 months after they first met with @ukhomeoffice, 2 of my Windrush constituents are still waiting for essentials like residence cards, suitable accommodation and the right to a bank account.

The problem is not solved just because the news cycle moves on.
theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/s…
These proposals are common sense. But reform is necessary regardless of Brexit.

Why have an immigration cap, which is never met, and does not meet demand?

Why prevent nurses and doctors from coming to the UK, when the NHS is in need?

theguardian.com/politics/2018/…

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Aug 21, 2018
This is a drop in the ocean & just spin until we know full numbers deported, detained & those hounded out of their home country by the home office. Apology is crocodile tears & an insult to people still not given hardship fund, left jobless, homeless & unable to afford food.
Home Office covering up scale of the scandal by consistently refusing to answer my questions, including those to the PM back in April. This will all be viewed as just spin until every single person affected gets an apology and compensation.
According to @sajidjavid 6,507 people contacted the #Windrush taskforce, were considered possible #Windrush and referred for a call back to progress their case. 2,272 people have now been given documentation confirming their status.
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Aug 16, 2018
Well done Stormzy for giving back and leading the way, once again.

You don't need to use your power and platform to bring others with you, but you do it anyway.
bbc.com/news/amp/newsb…
This should spark a proper conversation about access to Oxbridge and other top unis, because as the data shows, access spending has totally failed.

The proportion of disadvantaged students at Russell Group unis has only increased by 1% since 2010.
theguardian.com/education/2018…
Oxbridge should follow its Harvard/Yale peers and offer all disadvantaged students who get the grades full scholarships.

With a combined wealth of £21bn, they can certainly afford it. This would begin a much-needed process of serious structural change.
theguardian.com/education/2018…
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Aug 9, 2018
.@Michael_Heaver just cannot help himself from trying to define racism. Please send help and dictionaries to @WestmonsterUK.
The Macpherson report defines racism from a victim's point of view. This is important here because there is clearly an unequal power distribution between Johnson, Eton & Oxford-educated, former Foreign Sec, and Muslim women, who are some of the most vulnerable in our society.
Muslim women are the most economically disadvantaged people in the UK - they are three times more likely to be unemployed jobseekers. To mock their clothes and compare them to bank robbers shows a complete disdain for this and their other disadvantages. bbc.co.uk/news/uk-370413…
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Jul 20, 2018
Nailed it @Trevornoah. Being French and being proud of African identity is not mutually exclusive. But this debate has treated those things as such. French does not = ethnic French. (1)

The nation is not an ethno-state. The England team is black, brown, mixed, white, working class, Afro-Caribbean and more. This is England and it’s beautiful. (2)
People of African heritage from around the world, including the US, should of course celebrate the success of people of African heritage. That does not mean they are denying their French identity. (3)
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Jul 13, 2018
Trump has access to one of the world's most sophisticated intelligence services. He knows last summer's terrorist attacks didn't result from decisions made at City Hall. Each time he blames @SadiqKhan, he insults every victim & every Londoner #trumpvisituk
I will call it like it is. The real reason Trump blames my friend @SadiqKhan for the terror attacks last year is simple. He hates that London chose a Muslim mayor. The President is racist. He does not deserve to meet our Queen today #StopTrump
Extraordinary press conference.

History will judge Theresa May as an enabler, an appeaser and a sycophant. #TrumpVisitUK #TrumpProtests
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Jul 10, 2018
Govt politicians won't admit it because it doesn't fit their narrative, but there has been a dramatic shift to British public attitudes, in FAVOUR of immigration since Brexit and Windrush. A thread:
Over time, there has been clear trend towards a majority who recognise immigration's positive impact on BOTH our culture and the economy.

(data from the British Social Attitudes Survey: bsa.natcen.ac.uk/media/39250/bs…).
And the link between Brexit and immigration has been exaggerated - 2/3 of the greatest rises in support for leaving the EU have been among those who think migrants have NO effect on the economy (+28) or British culture (+21).
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