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Disgraced former home secretary Amber Rudd has replaced Esther McVey, who resigned yesterday, as secretary of state for work and pensions, it was announced this afternoon.

Rudd was responsible for maintaining and enforcing the hostile environment for immigrants instituted by Theresa May.

She was forced to resign as home secretary in April of this year after it was revealed that she had misled parliament over targets for removing illegal immigrants from Britain.

Rudd was at the forefront of the scandal over the mistreatment and deportation of Windrush generation residents from the Caribbean, many of whom were denied benefits, healthcare and pensions.

It has repeatedly been claimed that Rudd was badly advised by her civil servants about whether there were targets for removing illegal immigrants.

However, a leaked letter from 2017 written by Rudd to Theresa May explained that she aimed to increase deportations by 10%, an aim which many people would regard as a target.

Rudd has consistently voted with the government on welfare benefits.

According to TheyWorkForYou, Rudd:

Consistently voted against paying higher benefits over longer periods for those unable to work due to illness or disability
0 votes for, 14 votes against, 1 absence, between 2011–2016

Consistently voted for a reduction in spending on welfare benefits
52 votes for, 0 votes against, 2 absences, between 2012–2016

Consistently voted against raising welfare benefits at least in line with prices
0 votes for, 5 votes against, in 2013

Rudd is the daughter of a stockbroker. She attended Cheltenham Ladies College and Edinburgh University before joining American investment bank JP Morgan. She became an MP in 2010.

There is no evidence that Rudd has any particular interest in, or knowledge of, welfare benefits.

Rudd is the fourth secretary of state for work and pensions to be appointed by Theresa May and the fifth to hold the post in less than three years.


+1 #5 kris 2018-11-28 14:26
I never in my life thought I would one day vote Labour. The sooner the next general election the better IMO
+3 #4 chrysalis 2018-11-18 14:38
At least IDS had an interest in the disabled, even if it was misled. This appointment, her only interest seems to be in making life as hard as possible for the disabled and if thats the criteria that May looks for then I dont want May as the leader, as simple as that.
+5 #3 MrFibro 2018-11-17 16:14
Ms Rudd has said the following...……… …...Ms Rudd last night pleaded for unity among the Cabinet, and vowed to "iron out" problems with Universal Credit.
She said it had "transformed lives" as she started the new role and she wanted to "make sure that we really do help everybody across the country".
Asked whether responsibility for Universal Credit was a "poisoned chalice", she replied: "I have seen Universal Credit do some fantastic things.
"In my constituency in Hastings and Rye it really has transformed lives.
"But I also recognise that there have been some issues with it, some problems with it.
"I see it very much as my job, my role, to make sure that I try to iron out those difficulties so it becomes a force wholly for good."

I'm just wondering if this unrealistic waste of oxygen really knows what's she talking about, nether mind on running the DWP.

She's certainly suited for the job as she lacks empathy, compassion, and care and understanding for other people, moreover especially the disabled, sick, and not to mention the unemployed.

How can anyone in their right mind, vote Tories when all they can do is create austerity, and the sick and disabled suffer more under their regime.

I would advise any voters in the next general election, not to vote Tory, ass their the party for the few and not the many.

This woman given her statement is as vindictive, and poisonous as a cobra is to a field mouse.

Lets hope she's gone ASAP. Funny thing is these sort of people never get sick or disabled. So they can never comprehend how sick and disabled people have to live and survive on a daily basis.
+5 #2 MrFibro 2018-11-16 21:12
Another shambolic spoilt brat at the DWP. Lets hope this nasty creatures reign is short.
+2 #1 lesley 2018-11-16 18:24
She was married to A.A. Gill (dec’d) the writer and critic until they divorced. Well suited to each other it would seem :-x

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