Tuesday 17 July 2018

British Home Secretary Amber Rudd has resigned amid accusations she misled MPs

Amber Rudd Photo: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
Amber Rudd Photo: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Gavin Cordon and Andrew Woodcock

Amber Rudd has resigned as Home Secretary amid claims she misled Parliament over targets for removing illegal migrants.

Ms Rudd telephoned Theresa May to tell her of the decision amid intensifying opposition demands for her to quit.

A No 10 spokesman said: "The Prime Minister has tonight accepted the resignation of the Home Secretary."

Ms Rudd was thought to be preparing to tough it out, insisting she genuinely did not know about the targets when she gave evidence to the Commons Home Affairs Committee last week.

However having seen mounting evidence in the paperwork about the extent of the knowledge within the Home Office about the targets she decided that she should take responsibility and go.

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