Amber Rudd resigned as Home Secretary on Sunday night, following the turbulent week regarding the Windrush Scandal. It was pretty clear that Mrs Rudd would have to resign, and it was just a question of when. However, this will certainly not be the last we see of Amber Rudd, and her resignation may have saved her political career, as well as the Conservative Party’s reputation.
Why did Amber Rudd resign? There were many reasons as to why she was basically forced to leave her post as Home Secretary. Officially, she resigned because of having “inadvertently misled” MP’s regarding targets for the removal of illegal immigrants. This combined with the complication and confusion of the Windrush scandal meant that someone had to hold their hands up and take the blame, and it was better that Amber Rudd did this rather than Prime Minister Theresa May!
Diane Abbot, the Shadow Home Secretary, said it was the “right thing to do” but has now mounted further pressure on Theresa May to come to the House of Commons and explain how much she knew of these targets.
Tributes have poured in from Conservative MP’s to the former Home Secretary. Environment Secretary Michael Gove said it was “sad” to see Amber Rudd leave the cabinet but made a bold statement saying that she will “return to government very soon”.
It is obvious from the tributes and the statements from MP’s post resignation, that this was not a terrible resignation, and actually may have saved Amber Rudd’s career. If Mrs Rudd decided not to resign, then inevitably she would have been either sacked or become one of the most hated figures of this government.
Therefore, on a personal point of view, this resignation has saved Mrs Rudd. After all, she only has a majority of 300 in her own constituency of Hastings and Rye. Presently, Mrs Rudd MUST reconnect with her constituents and ensure that Labour do not remove her from parliament in the next election.
For the Conservative Party, without this resignation then Theresa May would have far more pressure on her. This resignation at least gives some breathing space for a brief period of time. It is essential that the Conservatives move past this nightmare as quickly as possible, but it will undoubtedly affect their performance in the local elections in just 3 days time.
The new Home Secretary is Sajid David. This was a brilliant appointment, as it creates history because he is the first ever Home Secretary from an ethnic minority. Furthermore, he has held multiple head of department jobs which demonstrates his experience. We wish him good luck in his new posting!