11 August 2021: The Guardian – UK deportation flight to Jamaica leaves with just seven people onboard
Only seven people were deported to Jamaica on a Home Office charter plane in the early hours of Wednesday morning at an estimated cost of £43,000 a person, despite 90 being earmarked originally for the flight.
Concerns were raised about the UK’s decision to go ahead with the flight due to opposition from the Jamaican government because of Covid worries. Fears were also expressed about the vulnerability of some of those due to fly because of trafficking indicators and mental health problems.
A series of urgent high court injunction applications seeking to block some of the deportations continued almost until the flight took off at 1am on Wednesday morning.
6 August 2021: Bambos Charalambous MP wrote in twitter – The Home Office have clearly learnt nothing from the Windrush scandal as they try to deport people who have spent most of their lives in the UK. If only they were as efficient in processing the Windrush Compensation scheme. My letter to the minister Down pointing backhand index #HostileEnvironment
Read Bambos Charalambous MP letter: https://twitter.com/Bambos_MP/status/1423707732788588545