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Call for Windrush judicial review in case of elderly man stuck abroad after Home Office rejection

Campaigners are calling for a judicial review in the case of an elderly man who is unable to return to his family as the fallout from the Windrush scandal continues.

Prof Patrick Vernon with a 1916 photo of the British West Indian Regiment in Egypt featuring his great uncle Samuel Ruby

Professor Patrick Vernon, of the Black Country's Windrush Legal Advice Clinic explained that despite improvements to the process to resolve individual disputes, there are ongoing problems.

Among the cases taken on by the service, based in Bank Street, Bilston, is that of 87-year-old Reynold Simon-Thompson, whose application to return from Trinidad was rejected by the Home Office.

Prof Vernon said: "Despite all the platitudes people are still having issues.

"We have had five Home Secretaries since 2019 and the rhetoric is still the same. We're hoping that the new Home Secretary, James Cleverly, as he has a Windrush connection, may use his insight to get significant improvements to the situation. None of the previous Home Secretaries made any effort to meet any of the victims or engage with them which speaks volumes.