13 Deportations In The Middle Of The Night, 10 people were reprieved following last minute legal action.
Some had been shown to have been child victims of trafficking. The Home Office was about to compound this abuse. Responding to the last-minute U-turns, Labour MP Bell Riberio-Addy said: “The fact that activists and lawyers are able to overturn decisions in a single appeal betrays the lack of due process behind this flight.” Independent
Eighty-two black public figures have written to airlines who have worked on deportation charter flights urging them not to carry up to 50 Jamaicans the Home Office wants to deport. Signatories include the author Bernardine Evaristo, model Naomi Campbell, historian David Olusoga and actors Naomie Harris and Thandie Newton, as well as lawyers, broadcasters and NGO chiefs. Leading Windrush campaigners including Michael Braithwaite and Elwaldo Romeo have also signed. Guardian
Five Labour Party National Executive Committee members have spoken out against the deportations, and written to Kier Starmer and Angela Rayner to say they are “alarmed” that they have not directly commented on the flight. Labour List
Kier Starmer’s silence speaks volumes.