Did the Windrush scandal affect voters choice?
Newly-appointed Home Secretary Sajid Javid revealed on Wednesday that a dedicated taskforce has received more than 7,000 calls, of which 3,000 have been identified as potential Windrush cases.
Javid told MPs, these numbers are “increasing by the day.” So far more than 700 appointments have been scheduled and more than 100 people have had their case processed and now have been issued the documents they need.
While, work is now being done to help those affected tensions have risen.
Labour had tried to use parliamentary procedure, known as “motion to return” to force the government to release documentation, which they said would reveal how much ministers knew about the problems facing the Windrush generation.
However, it was announced on Wednesday that the Conservatives have blocked all attempts that compel the government to release the Windrush papers.
Many have turned to social media to raise their concerns and disappointment in the Government and their choices.
Sajid Javid saying that he’ll “do right”, and resolve the issues, then voting to keep the policy documents behind the windrush crisis secret just shows that this govt don’t give a flying fuck about anything but their own self interests.
— SiOUFC (@sihath1) May 4, 2018
May, are you having a laugh to bring up anti Semitism? WINDRUSH ring any bells, show the documents!
— Spilker UK (@DRSakaDrBlade) May 4, 2018
“we’re not releasing the #windrush documents because it would be disproportionate and distracting” yep that definitely sounds like something that someone with nothing to hide would say…
— lauren wolfie (@wolfiespacecake) May 4, 2018
MP John McDonnell shared his thoughts on Theresa May’s and the parties decision to vote against the release of the Windrush documents:
It’s staggering that Theresa May has ordered her MPs to vote against the release to the public of the documentation relating to the Windrush scandal.This begs the questions: What has she got to hide? What is she afraid of? Doesn’t she realise it’s a matter of trust & honesty now?
— John McDonnell MP (@johnmcdonnellMP) May 2, 2018
So, has the scandal affected voters choice? While parties have failed to make decisive gains. One thing is clear. There’s a proportion of Labour voters who made their choice based on the fact that they didn’t agree with the Tories position in the Windrush scandal.
I mean it says a lot about this country that people are still voting for the Conservative Party, after Grenfell, after Windrush, like where are the morals of the people who live in this country??
— Chels (@chelseajrey) May 4, 2018
Why does racism in tory party go unremarked when it’s written large across Grenfell, Windrush, and all this govt’s policies crushing people especially people of colour in ZHC work?
— Imelda Finnerty (@blisswords) May 4, 2018
Here’s a picture of my wonderful Dad in his first every #Windrush coat!
Please #VoteLabour today
Send the tories a message. We will stand side by side with the #WindrushGeneration if you’ve never voted labour before make this your first time. Lend the #Windrush your vote. pic.twitter.com/78IBOoHZze
— (((Dawn Butler MP))) (@DawnButlerBrent) May 3, 2018
When will we realise that compassion to one’s fellow human does not factor in the Tory mindset?
— Richard Rickwood (@rickwookie) May 4, 2018
Featured image by Ian Berry/Magnum Photos.