News by email Donate


Top Stories

Most Read

Popular Videos

Mayor of London
UK News

Exclusive: Mayor of London Sadiq Khan hails 'fantastic' Church response to Windrush scandal

Sadiq Khan said the way some members of the Windrush generation had been treated amounted to a "stain on the nation's conscience".

He told Premier: "There is no better example of the advocacy role of churches in our city and country than the fantastic role they've played helping the Windrush generation, their children and their descendants."

The Labour politician spoke as he unveiled £20,000 to help affected families seek legal advice via the Windrush Justice Fund and apply via the Home Office Windrush scheme for citizenship.

Church leaders, including the Bishop of Southwark Rt Rev Christopher Chessun, have urged the Government to ensure members of the Windrush generation are treated fairly.

A special service at Westminster Abbey in central London last June was held to celebrate the contribution they - and their descendants - have made to British life (pictured below). The Windrush generation was named after a ship which brought migrants from the Caribbean to Britain in 1948.

Mr Khan continued: "I've been so impressed by the advocacy and by the lobbying, but also by the practical assistance churches and community leaders have been giving to these communities..."

Niklas Halle'n/PA Wire

There was a public outcry when it emerged some long-term UK residents had been blocked from accessing services, detained or removed despite having lived in the UK for decades legally.

More than 3,000 people have so far been granted British citizenship under the Home Office Windrush scheme - set up in the wake of the scandal.

Sajid Javid

Home Secretary Sajid Javid said on Thursday that his department was "entirely focused on righting the wrongs experienced by the Windrush generation".

Click here to listen to Premier's Alex Williams speaking with Sadiq Khan:

Stay up to date with the latest news stories from a Christian perspective. Sign up to our daily newsletter and receive more stories like this straight to your inbox every morning.

Continue the conversation on our Facebook page

A Monthly Gift Of £8 Makes A World Of Difference

In a world of fake news there’s never been a greater need for quality Christian journalism. Premier’s mission is to provide the Church with the most up to date and relevant news, told from a Christian perspective. But we can’t do it without you.

Unlike many websites we haven't put up a paywall — we want to keep our journalism free at the point of need and as open as we can. Premier’s news output takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. No one in the UK is sharing news like we are across radio, magazines and online so please help us to continue that today.

For a monthly gift of £8 or more we’d also be able to send you a free copy of the brand new Premier Bible, a wonderful Anglicised version of the NLT packed with exclusive bonus content, reading plan and resources to help you get the most out of scripture.

Your monthly support will make a world of difference. Thank you.

Set up a monthly gift

Related Articles

Sign up to our newsletter to stay informed with news from a Christian perspective.