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Live Reporting

Gavin Stamp and Lucy Webster

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  1. Windrush bill continues

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  2. Patel: No straightforward way to rebuild trust after Windrush scandal

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    Home Secretary Priti Patel spells out details of the financial redress on offer and who will be eligible.

    She says the scheme was amended last autumn following feedback from claimants to allow more scope to reimburse people for immigration fees incurred.

    Ms Patel says there needs to be greater public awareness of the support available so those affected have a "fair chance" to make claims.

    But she concedes that money alone cannot undo the damage that was done to the lives of those affected.

    "There is no straightforward way for that hurt to be repaired and that trust to be rebuilt and it is a sorry fact that there are still members of the Windrush generation who do not have the documentation they need," she says.

    In response, Labour's Diane Abbott says the scandal will not end with the compensation of those so "appallingly treated" by the government.

    "My mother was a member of the Windrush generation, so I know as well as anybody in this House the patriotism of the Windrush cohort, their commitment to this country and their deep sense of hurt."

  3. Patel back in chamber for Windrush compensation bill

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    Home Secretary Priti Patel

    Priti Patel left the chamber for an hour during the Urgent Question on deportation and the flooding statement.

    But the home secretary is back to present a new piece of legislation which will allow for victims of the Windrush scandal to receive compensation.

    She immediately faces a number of questions as to when the Williams report on the lessons to be learned from the controversy is to be published.

    She says she cannot "dictate" when the report - a leaked draft of which has recently appeared - is released and it depends on when it is completed.

    Labour MP Thangam Debbonaire says some of her constituents have died while waiting for financial redress and wants to know how long their families must wait.

    "That is why I am impatient," she says.

    Earlier in the Commons, her colleague David Lammy said 164 people had either been wrongly detained or deported while 5,000 people had lost access to benefits as a result of the Home Office's mistakes.

  4. Labour criticises government response to 'climate breakdown'

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    Homes in West Yorkshire flooded by the River Calder

    For Labour, Luke Pollard praises the bravery and dedication of the emergency services in the past 48 hours.

    But, turning to politics, he suggests the government has shown it is ill-equipped to deal with the "climate breakdown" and repeated incidences of extreme weather it is causing across the UK.

    He suggests the austerity of the past decade has had a "devastating impact" on the environment and the ability of local authorities to respond to such crises.

    Mr Pollard says those who live in high-risk areas need much more practical assistance and also calls for an end to building new homes on flood plains.

    "Much more needs to be done to prevent flooding, alleviate carbon emissions through habitat restoration and return flood plains to a natural state."

  5. Villiers updates MPs on flooding response

    Local watching shipping container floating under bridge in the town of Brighouse

    The government is now updating MPs on its response to Sunday's flooding in many parts of the country, caused by Storm Ciara.

    Environment Secretary Theresa Villiers starts by paying tribute to the emergency services and expressing her sadness at the loss of life and the extensive damage to people's homes and livelihoods.

    She says the Bellwin scheme - which enables councils to draw down on emergency funding - has been activated.

    She talks about the steps the government is taking to make the UK more resilient, saying a further £4bn will be spent on flood defences in the next four years.

    "We stand ready to help communities to recover from flooding and we are investing in the defences needed in the warmer, wetter and less predictable climate that scientists tell us we must expect in the years to come."

  6. 'Legal threshold' met for deportation, says minister

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    Nadia Whittome
    Image caption: Nadia Whittome co-ordinated the writing of a letter by fellow MPs protesting about the deportations

    A succession of Labour and SNP MPs call for the deportation to be halted, including Nadia Whittome, who first raised the issue at PMQs a week ago.

    She says ministers risk going against the advice in the government's own Windrush report which recommended that no children should be forcibly removed.

    But Conservative MP Scott Benton accuses the opposition of "playing political games" when the focus should be on public safety.

    Minister Kevin Foster says that none of those due to be deported are British citizens and the Home Office has met the "legal threshold" set by the 2007 Borders Act, requiring deportation of "serious and persistent" foreign offenders.

    He suggests the public supports such a move and claims "many people will be watching with absolute astonishment" at the objections raised by the opposition.

    "The real failure would be if the we left the public to face the consequences if we did not remove some persistent and serious criminals," he says.

  7. Lammy accuses ministers of 'suppressing' Windrush report

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    Home Office questions have come to an end and we are straight into an Urgent Question from David Lammy about the Jamaican deportation flight.

    Home Secretary Priti Patel leaves the chamber, leaving her junior minister Kevin Foster to answer the question.

    Mr Foster defends the government's actions, saying it is "required under law" to issue deportation orders to "serious and persisent" foreign offenders, whether they were born in Jamaica, the United States or anywhere else.

    "It is criminality which matters, not nationality".

    Mr Lammy criticises the "tone" struck by Mr Foster in his remarks.

    He says it is less than two years since there was a consensus in the House of Commons about the unacceptable treatment of the descendants of the Windrush generation, 164 of whom he says were wrongly detained or deported.

    He accuses ministers of "suppressing" a report by Wendy Williams into the background to the controversy and the lessons to be learnt by ministers and asks how Tuesday's flight can go ahead pending its release.

    He asks Mr Foster to guarantee that no-one on the flight is under the age of 13, when a leaked version of the Williams report said that no children should be forcibly removed.

    And he says the government should "not give the impression that all the deportees are rapists or murderers" when, in fact, some of them are not guilty of violent crimes and may have been victims of drug gangs.

    He accuses the government of "disrespecting the contribution of West Indian" communities to British life, asking when "will black lives matter once again".

  8. Patel apologises to Cooper over party's response to threats

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    Labour's Yvette Cooper says the deputy chair of her local Conservative Association was convicted for threatening her.

    She says the chair of the association has written to her to apologise, and the member has been expelled, but the national Tory party has not acknowledged the incident.

    She says that her neighbouring MP, Andrea Jenkyns, wrote a positive character reference for the member - eliciting cries of "shameful" from the Labour benches. She says that, after she had raised the issue with the national party and the individual had received a court summons, he was still able to attend her local general election count.

    She asks Ms Patel to "condemn these threats in the strongest terms, to look into her party's response and to show leadership" on a new joint code of conduct. "Violent threats must have no place in politics," she says.

    Ms Patel calls the threats "categorically unacceptable". She apologises for the national party response.

    She says Ms Jenkyns was attempting to get the individual some mental health report.

  9. Abbott and Patel clash over Jamaican deportation

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    Labour's Diane Abbott questions the basis on which the UK is planning to deport 50 Jamaica-born men to the Caribbean nation on a flight on Tuesday.

    More than 170 MPs and peers have called for their forced removal to be halted pending a review of the government's handling of the 2018 Windrush scandal.

    The shadow home secretary says the move is unfair as many of those came to the UK as children and "have no memory" of the country of their birth.

    Many of those affected, she adds, have already served their full sentence, meaning they are at risk of what she describes as "double jeopardy".

    But home secretary Priti Patel says all those due to be deported have been convicted of "serious offences" carrying prison sentences of more than a year.

    She says that ministers are required, under legislation introduced by the last Labour government in 2007, to proceed with the deportation of foreign offenders in this category.

  10. MPs debate new immigration system

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    Home Secretary Priti Patel says the government will be implementing a "points-based" immigration system.

    She says "we want the brightest and the best" to come to the UK, but reassures MPs that necessary low-skilled workers, for example seasonal agricultural workers, will be able to enter the country.

    Labour's Meg Hillier asks if the government will reconsider the proposed £30,000/year salary threshold for new migrants, as it may stop some needed workers from entering the country.

    Ms Patel says the new system will be flexible, to allow migrants to fill shortages.

  11. Today in the Commons

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    MPs' week has started with Home Office questions. MPs are asking about counterterrorism policy and gang crime.

    At 15:30 GMT Labour's David Lammy will ask the home secretary an urgent question on a review of the Windrush scandal and what effect this will have on a deportation flight planned for tomorrow.

    There'll also be a statement on the response to flooding from Environment Secretary Theresa Villiers.

    This will be followed by the day's main business: a debate on the Windrush Compensation Scheme (Expenditure) Bill.

  12. Home Office questions

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    MPs are currently questioning Home Office ministers - raising issues such as terrorism, refugees and asylum seekers, and support for police officers' families.

    Home Office Minister Brandon Lewis has confirmed that the government will introduce emergency legislation to prevent the automatic early release of terrorrist offenders tomorrow.