A warning not to water down a review into the Windrush scandal has been issued after it was reported that a portion branding the British Home Office “institutionally racist” was stripped out.
The delayed independent review was commissioned after people with a right to live in Britain were wrongfully detained or deported to the Caribbean.
The Times reported sources saying the phrase “institutionally racist” was included in an earlier draft of the Windrush review produced by investigation leader Wendy Williams, but had subsequently been removed.
UK Labour Party MP David Lammy, a vocal campaigner over the scandal caused by the department’s “hostile environment” policy, demanded that the “truth must be published in full”.
“The Windrush scandal resulted in the systematic deportation and detention of black British citizens by the Home Office,” the MP for Tottenham, London said.
“The victims’ nationality and rights were denied because of the colour of their skin. If this is not institutionally racist, I have no idea what is.
The British Home Office did not deny the report had been toned down.
“This is an independent review being led by Wendy Williams,” a spokesman said.
“She has not yet submitted the final report to the Home Office.
“Once we have received it, we will publish it as soon as practicable. Ministers have not seen any version of the report.”