Sajid Javid's 'empathy' will help him on immigration policy, says former colleague

Sajid Javid's 'empathy' will help him on immigration policy, says former colleague

Chris Philp, left, and Sajid Javid

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Sajid Javid’s former parliamentary private secretary has said his "empathy" will help him when dealing with immigration.

Javid pledged to look “carefully” at the existing immigration policy, which Theresa May herself referred to as “hostile” in 2012.

He also said that tackling the Windrush scandal would be top of his priorities.

“The most urgent task I have is to help those British citizens that came from the Caribbean, the so-called Windrush generation, and make sure that they are treated with the decency and the fairness that they deserve,” Javid said.

His former private secretary Chris Philp, the Conservative MP for Croydon South, appeared on the Julia Hartley-Brewer show this morning and praised Javid's skills.

“It is a good appointment,” he said.

“I think he’s one of those unusual people who combines passion and empathy with an ability to get things done. I think that’ll help him deal with what’s a difficult and challenging brief for the Home Office.”

He said that Javid’s own background as the son of a Pakistani immigrant would allow him to “understand how people who are in that position today feel.”

“One thing Sajid Javid did make clear is that there is a huge distinction between people of the Windrush generation and people who are here illegally,” he continued.

“While he doesn’t want to use this term ‘hostile environment’, he does want to act and he will act to combat illegal immigration.

“If someone shouldn’t be here, it is perfectly reasonable to remove them and that will continue.”

Also on the show was Stephen Doughty, the Labour MP for Cardiff South and Penarth.

He said the Home Office had “messed up” several times because of current immigration policies and gave examples from his own constituency.

“I’ve got somebody who wants to be deported from the country in my own area, who should have been deported, and the Home Office have messed up and not deported them.

“And yet, they’ve deported a British citizen from my constituency to somewhere else. That’s the sort of mess we’re in at the moment,” he said.

He also said that target-driven policies gave rise to mistakes.

“If you have a bad policy and artificial targets, you then cut the department that’s meant to be making those decisions… and end up making a whole series of bad decisions.

“There’s a gentleman who lives in the area next door to my constituency who was born on a British military base in Germany. He suddenly had huge issues trying to prove he was a British citizen.

“I had a young person from my constituency who was able to take out a second passport even though he shouldn’t have been able to and his family were under a terror watch list, to go and fight for Isis in Syria.”

Sajid Javid is yet to announce the specifics of any changes he’ll make to the immigration policy.