Theresa May appoints Sajid Javid as new Home Secretary as Amber Rudd resigns

Sajid Javid has been appointed as the new Home Secretary of Britain after the resignation of Amber Rudd, Downing Street has announced.

Ms Rudd became the fifth departure from the Cabinet since last year’s snap general election, after admitting she had ‘inadvertently’ misled MPs over the existence of targets for removing illegal immigrants.

The Hastings and Rye MP stepped down the evening before she was due to make a statement in the House of Commons on the targets and illegal migration, as she faced increasing pressure over the handling of the Windrush scandal.

In her resignation letter, she took ‘full responsibility’ for not being aware of the existence of targets.

Rudd’s resignation follows the resignations of former defence secretary Sir Michael Fallon, Priti Patel as international development secretary, Damian Green as first minister and James Brokenshire, who left his role as Northern Ireland secretary on health grounds.

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