On the occasion of Windrush Day, Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East attended the Windrush 70 exhibition at Wolverhampton Art Gallery to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the arrival of the HMT Empire Windrush at Tilbury Docks – marking the beginning of African Caribbean migration to post-war Britain. The exhibition features a projected slideshow of photographs by Nick Hedges capturing images of Caribbean workers in the Black Country in the 1970s. It also features the work of locally-based Jamaican artist Sylbert Bolton.

The exhibition takes place at a time where many of the Windrush generation, including Emma’s constituent Paulette Wilson, have been treated in an inhumane and unacceptable way by this government. Paulette was threatened with deportation to Jamaica despite having lived in the UK for 50 years after coming here at the age of 10 years old.

Emma said: “the Windrush 70 exhibition is a fantastic way to commemorate the arrival of the first members of the Windrush generation in June 1948. It showcases the huge contribution they made in rebuilding Britain in the post-war period and the contribution they continue to make. This is why the way in which Paulette and others have been treated is a national disgrace.

“In parliament this week, I was also delighted to attend a Windrush 70 reception at the Speaker’s House. Celebrating Windrush Day is an opportunity to recognise the influence that the Caribbean community have on so many different areas of British society including politics, business, education, sport and entertainment.”

June 2018