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Tuesday, December 01, 2020

Labour must stand against racist deportations

The Home Office yesterday went to the extent of publishing a blog post seeking to justify its forthcoming Deportation Charter Flight to Jamaica.

This is, of course, the same Home Office that has been responsible for the scandalous treatment of the Windrush generation (not to mention the lamentably inadequate compensation scheme), so no doubt we can rely upon them to be decent and fair-minded… (Oh no, maybe we can’t).

Clive Lewis, MP, acted in the best traditions of our movement by coordinating opposition to the planned deportations from a cross-party group of peers and MPs, as legal challenges to this outrage continue.

This opposition has borne some fruit, as prospective deportees who arrived in the UK under the age of 12 will no longer be sent to Jamaica. If the leadership of our Party would take a stronger position of opposition to racist deportations perhaps more would be saved from this disgraceful treatment.

Labour Party members and trade unionists need to mobilise within the democratic structures of our movement in order to put ourselves - and our leaders - firmly on the side of those who want to resist - and prevent - racist deportations.

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