Bishop blasts Home Office as 'out of control' and inept over Windrush generation

A senior Church of England bishop has blasted the Home Office as 'out of control' and inept.

Pete Broadbent, the bishop of Willesden and, until recently, the acting-bishop of London, made the comments over the treatment of thousands of Caribbean-born UK residents. The so-called Windrush generation came to Britain decades ago but now face uncertainty over their status.

Pete Broadbent is the bishop of Willesden and stood in as acting bishop of London while Sarah Mullally's appointment was made.

Four other Church of England bishops have joined a campaign calling for amnesty for those who arrived as minors between 1948 and 1971. They are now facing being denied health care, being barred from working and possible deportation.

Michael Ipgrave of Lichfield, Mark Rylands of Shrewsbury, Clive Gregory of Wolverhampton and Geoff Annas of Stafford urged their parishioners to sign a petition which also calls for the government to pay compensation for 'loss and hurt' caused.

The petition had more than 77,000 signatures on Saturday and is rapidly gaining support with backing from a number of MPs, including Labour's David Lammy, a committed Christian.

Bishop Ipgrave said: 'As preparations are made to celebrate the 70th anniversary of [the arrival of] Windrush [the ship that brought some of the first migrants to the UK from the Caribbean], it saddens me greatly that people who have lived here their whole adult lives now face uncertainty and fear.

'These are individuals in their 50s and 60s who have contributed to society and may have never known a home outside of the UK. I am urging people across the Midlands and beyond to join me in signing this petition to right this wrong.'