Windrush campaigners ‘humiliated’ after ‘being denied access to Tory conference’

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Two Windrush campaigners have claimed they were “humiliated and disgusted” by being denied access to a Conservative Party convention on Tuesday.

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Julia Davidson, who works with Windrush families in Peterborough, and Anthony Brown, co-founder of Windrush Defenders Legal, both face difficulties trying to reach the convention center in Manchester Central despite being paid for full accreditation. fell.

Mr Brown told NS Guardian that when he went to collect his pass he met one of Boris Johnson’s advisers, who reportedly told the lawyer that he could only appear if he was followed.


“It was like when journalists go to China and they get a brain. I thought – is it really that?” Mr Brown told the newspaper.

Mr Brown said he could “guess” why he was not allowed inside without an escort, adding: “I think they don’t want Windrush to become an issue, that’s what we do about the conference. Which means it can be different.

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Meanwhile, Ms Davidson said she was allowed to attend the four-day event on Sunday, but on Monday the adviser said there were concerns she could protest at the venue.

She claimed that the advisor told her: “You have come to know about T and C”. [terms and conditions] About banners, whistles, things like that.”

Ms Davidson insisted she had no such object, and simply wanted to “talk to people, like a lot of groups do”.

The pair were eventually allowed in on Monday, but they claim they were escorted by a consultant, who said they were introduced to attendees of their choice.

However, he was reportedly told he would not be allowed to re-enter Tuesday and Wednesday, despite buying a full conference pass for £225 as well as accommodation and travel.

An email sent by the consultant to Ms. Davidson, viewed by NS Guardian, said he and Mr Brown were only admitted “as guests of the day” on Monday because there was capacity.

It says, “We will refund the payments you made for each of your passes.” “The passes you have won’t work tomorrow or the day after.”

Responding to the incident, Manchester-based group Windrush Defenders tweeted: “While attempting to attend the Tory Party convention for three days, we found the hostile environment in full swing.”

The Windrush scandal came to light in 2018 when British citizens, mostly from the Caribbean, were wrongfully detained, deported or threatened with deportation, despite having the right to stay in the UK. Many lost homes and jobs and were denied access to healthcare and benefits.

A Conservative Party spokesman said on Tuesday: “Windrush Defender Legal was able to attend the Conservative Party convention yesterday.”

Granthshala The Conservative Party has been contacted for further comment.


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