Windrush scandal

Windrush campaigner had 'zeal to fight for justice'

Windrush campaigner Paulette Wilson turned anger over her treatment by the government into energy to help others, a friend has said.

Windrush scandal: One year on

She died aged 64 on Thursday morning, her daughter Natalie Barnes confirmed.

Ms Wilson arrived in Telford from Jamaica in 1968 aged 10 - but in August 2015 her benefits were stopped and was later sent to a detention centre.

Bishop Desmond Jadoo said "many people would have been ever so bitter... but she still had a smile on her face and she just kept going.

"I'll remember Paulette with her smile, her grace, and her humility, but most of all her zeal to fight for justice."

Windrush campaigner's death sparks Home Secretary pledge

Allen Cook

BBC News

The current Home Secretary Priti Patel has said the government must continue to "right the wrongs" of the Windrush scandal after the death of a campaigner.

Paulette Wilson
BBC

Paulette Wilson, who lived in Wolverhampton, came to Telford from Jamaica as a child and was one of thousands of people affected by the scandal which made headlines in 2018.

It emerged many children of Commonwealth citizens had been threatened with deportation despite living and working in the UK for decades.

Her daughter confirmed Ms Wilson's death on Thursday morning aged 64.

The government apologised for the scandal and, following Ms Wilson's passing, Ms Patel tweeted she had highlighted "the terrible injustices faced by the #Windrush generation".

Former Home Secretary and Bromsgrove MP Sajid Javid also tweeted and said "we must keep working to make sure this never happens again".

Windrush: Nottingham man tells of battle to stay in the UK

Jeremy Ball

Social affairs correspondent, BBC East Midlands Today

Roy Dyer
BBC

A man who was threatened with deportation amid the Windrush scandal last year has now been given a British passport and offered compensation after a battle to prove he can live in the UK.

Roy Dyer came to Nottingham aged eight, from Dominica in the Caribbean on his mother's British passport.

However, by the time he went to apply for a passport himself, Dominica had become independent and in 2012 he was detained at Gatwick Airport, losing his right to work and use the NHS, which he said left him feeling "worthless".

He is one of 200 people in Nottingham who asked for help to gain citizenship and they received an apology from the government and a British passport in March.

Roy Dyer
BBC

"It was terrifying," he said.

"I was totally helpless. I was in limbo, I didn't know what to do and was worried all the time."

For National Windrush Day on Monday, several events were planned to mark 72 years since 1,000 Caribbean workers were invited by the UK government to help rebuild the country.

In Nottingham, the Council House was lit up green and in Leicester, an exhibition about the Windrush Generation opened online.

Nottingham council house lit up green
Nottingham City Council