Windrush scandal

Who Are The Windrush Generation?

Who Are The Windrush Generation?
Who Are The Windrush Generation?

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Windrush campaigner had 'zeal to fight for justice'

Windrush campaigner Paulette Wilson turned anger over her treatment by the government into energy to help others, a friend has said.

Windrush scandal: One year on

She died aged 64 on Thursday morning, her daughter Natalie Barnes confirmed.

Ms Wilson arrived in Telford from Jamaica in 1968 aged 10 - but in August 2015 her benefits were stopped and was later sent to a detention centre.

Bishop Desmond Jadoo said "many people would have been ever so bitter... but she still had a smile on her face and she just kept going.

"I'll remember Paulette with her smile, her grace, and her humility, but most of all her zeal to fight for justice."

Windrush campaigner's death sparks Home Secretary pledge

Allen Cook

BBC News

The current Home Secretary Priti Patel has said the government must continue to "right the wrongs" of the Windrush scandal after the death of a campaigner.

Paulette Wilson
BBC

Paulette Wilson, who lived in Wolverhampton, came to Telford from Jamaica as a child and was one of thousands of people affected by the scandal which made headlines in 2018.

It emerged many children of Commonwealth citizens had been threatened with deportation despite living and working in the UK for decades.

Her daughter confirmed Ms Wilson's death on Thursday morning aged 64.

The government apologised for the scandal and, following Ms Wilson's passing, Ms Patel tweeted she had highlighted "the terrible injustices faced by the #Windrush generation".

Former Home Secretary and Bromsgrove MP Sajid Javid also tweeted and said "we must keep working to make sure this never happens again".