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Amber Rudd’s resignation receives mixed reaction

Her supporters and opponents reacted to her resignation on Twitter.

Here is some of the reaction to Amber Rudd’s resignation:

– Michael Gove, the Environment Secretary said: “I’m so sad about Amber’s departure from government – she was a huge asset – brave, principled, thoughtful, humane, considerate and always thinking of the impact of policy on the vulnerable – I hope Amber will be back soon – we need her.”

– Green Party co-leader Caroline Lucas said on Twitter: “PM loses her human shield and now looks very exposed herself …”

– Shadow home secretary Diane Abbott said: “This was inevitable, the only surprise is that it took so long. The architect of this crisis, Theresa May, must now step forward to give a full and honest account of how this inexcusable situation happened on her watch.”

– Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities & Local Government tweeted: “Very sad that Amber is leaving Government. A huge talent that will no doubt be back in Cabinet soon, helping to strengthen our great nation.”

– Amber Rudd’s brother Roland Rudd‏, posted on Twitter:  “So proud of my sister Amber. She is so unselfish, compassionate, kind, trustworthy wish [sic] immense integrity. She is motivated by strong sense of public duty and when dust settles will be remembered for being a great Home Secretary in hugely difficult circumstances.”

– Conservative Party chairman Brandon Lewis said: “At critical times @AmberRuddHR worked to make this country safer. She was a caring & committed Home Secretary and I’m very sorry to see her stand down.”

– Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson tweeted: “Really sad to lose Amber Rudd from Cabinet. A fine colleague who did a great job during last year’s terrorist attacks and cares deeply about the people she serves.”

– David Lammy, Labour MP for Tottenham, tweeted in reaction to Ms Rudd’s resignation: “The campaign for justice on behalf of the Windrush generation is not just about political scalps.
“At its heart this crisis is about a system that was allowed to dehumanise and victimise Windrush British citizens.

“Amber Rudd resigned because she didn’t know what was going on in her own department and she had clearly lost the confidence of her own civil servants.

“The real issue is the hostile environment policy that caused this crisis in the first place.

“The resignation of the Home Secretary must not detract from the fact that this crisis was a direct result of the hostile environment policy.

“That policy must now be reviewed, and the Home Office must move quickly to compensate and grant citizenship to the Windrush generation.”

– Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell said: “You can smell the undoubted odour of a government decomposing. Amber Rudd’s forced resignation, increasingly bitter divisions over its Brexit policies & Lycamobile, a major donor to the Tory party, being prosecuted for a tax scam, all point to a government in terminal disarray.”

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