May slammed immigration minister: “don’t blame it on your officials”

In a 2004 exchange which is set to haunt embattled Theresa May, the present home secretary told a Labour minister to resign over an immigration scandal, saying that she was “sick and tired” of ministers blaming other people “when things go wrong”.

The minister in question was Beverley Hughes, and the issue was a scandal over immigrants, erm, being admitted into the UK without background checks! Confronting Hughes on BBC Question Time, May told the minister:

“I do think Beverley should resign as minister on this particular issue and I find it absolutely extraordinary that she’s… blamed officials in her department for this decision to be taken”

The home secretary, who is currently blaming everyone else for a poor grasp on her portfolio, continued:

“I’m sick and tired of government ministers in this Labour government who simply blame other people when things go wrong.”

In a simply uncanny occurence of political deja vu, a number of immigrants were admitted to the UK without background checks in 2004. At the time, Hughes blamed officials in Sheffield for the backlog of applications which led to the blunder. That issue was highlighted by a civil service whistle blower who leaked the waiving of checks.

Beverley Huhges resigned 21 days later.

Time for Theresa May to take her own advice.


  1. Richard says:

    I can’t see how May can consider her position secure. Also astonished Cameron has given her his backing.

    Mind you, he did the same for Fox.

  2. Brian says:

    What a fucking stupid twat.

  3. Celia says:

    Cameron gives backing = lol, bye

  4. [...] and tired of government ministers who simply blame other people when things go wrong”. The Political Scrapbook blog has helpfully dug up the quotes, and remarks that the Minister in question, Beverley Hughes, did [...]

  5. [...] accused of misleading Parliament, has been exposed as a stinking hypocrite – in 2004 she told the then immigration minister Beverley Hughes “I’m sick and tired of government ministers in [...]

  6. Aru says:

    Boyle had kept a policy where staff at entry points were instructed to allow everybody in . As soon as Teresa May came in power she stopped this policy. She iknstructed that all the necessary checks must take place. So Boyle is responsible for the last few years of mass immigrant bogus students bogus work permits etc. High time Boyle should be investigated.

  7. Tris says:

    So should we add Tessy to Lansley in the reshuffle?

    He WILL have a reshuffle, won’t he?

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