‘THE WINDRUSH scandal is one of the cruelest examples of unaccountable state power targeting the vulnerable, the defenceless and the innocent that I can ever remember,’ Labour shadow justice secretary Richard Burgon told Parliament yesterday.
He added: ‘I was disappointed yesterday to hear the Home Secretary say that people affected by the Windrush scandal will have no need for lawyers. I’m sure the Justice Secretary will understand why the words the Home Secretary used won’t do. So, will the Justice Secretary guarantee today that all those put in this kind of situation will have access to the necessary legal advice to help them when they most need it?’
However, Tory Justice Secretary David Gauke refused to commit to fund legal advice for those affected. Gauke replied: ‘The Home Secretary has also set out how we’re going put in place a compensation arrangement to ensure that there is compensation for those who deserve it.’