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Sajid Javid replaces Amber Rudd as UK Home Secretary

The communities secretary, Sajid Javid, has been appointed home secretary to replace Amber Rudd, the prime minister announced on Twitter.

Ministers moved swiftly to rally round Theresa May on Monday, insisting Rudd only stood down because she inadvertently misled MPs, not because of the wider Windrush migration scandal.

Rudd was forced to step down after a series of revelations in the Guardian about problems faced by Windrush-generation residents, which culminated in a leak on Friday that appeared to show she was aware of targets for removing people who were in the country illegally.

The pressure increased on Sunday afternoon as the Guardian revealed that in a leaked 2017 letter to May, Rudd had told the prime minister of her intention to increase deportations by 10% – seemingly at odds with her recent denials that she was aware of deportation targets.

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