Sajid Javid heads to first Cabinet as Home Secretary

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Rudd resigned as home secretary in a blow to the government as it faces outrage over wrongful moves to deport elderly, legal but undocumented immigrants from the Caribbean.

Mrs Rudd handed in her resignation from the role of Home Secretary, on Sunday, after coming under fire over for the Government's handling of the Windrush scandal, where some migrants from Commonwealth countries, who settled in the United Kingdom, and their relatives had been declared illegal immigrants.

Labour says the prime minister has "questions to answer" about her own time at the Home Office.

In a series of weekend Twitter messages, Rudd said she was unaware of the memo but admitted she should have known of the targets.

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It is believed that Rudd made a decision to fall on her sword rather than face more humiliation amid the outcry over the Windrush immigration debacle, and telephoned Theresa May to inform her of the move late on Sunday.

It came amid the Windrush scandal, in which some migrants who settled in the United Kingdom between the 1940s and 1973 were wrongly being declared illegal immigrants.

Sajid Javid has attended his first Cabinet meeting as Home Secretary this morning.

Rudd, who had faced growing pressure over the so-called Windrush scandal, told lawmakers last week that there were no targets for the removal of people deemed to be in the country illegally. "Unless and until the prime minister announces the abandonment of the form of hostile environment policy which she instituted, and demonstrates that that is the case, then we should all understand that the policy remains in place". The day before his appointment, Javid had told The Sunday Telegraph that issue felt "very personal", saying: "I thought, that could be my mum, it could be my dad, it could be my uncle, it could be me".

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Despite government apologies and assurances to the contrary over the ongoing Windrush scandal, several United Kingdom residents were believed to have been subject to threats of deportation back to Jamaica, a Commonwealth nation, over their legal status.

Some of the Windrush immigrants and their descendants who have called Britain their home for their entire lives were caught out by the government clampdown.

The furor began weeks ago when the Guardian newspaper reported that some people from the Caribbean who have lived in Britain for decades had been refused medical care or threatened with deportation because they couldn't produce paperwork proving their right to reside in the country.

Javid is the first-ever British Muslim and British Pakistani to get the post - the most important cabinet position after the prime minister's. Ms Rudd was the fifth person to quit the Cabinet since last June's snap general election, which cost the Conservatives their majority in Parliament.

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The latest resignation comes just days before local council elections in Britain, due to be held on May 3, during which the Opposition parties will hope to capitalise on some of the upheaval in government.