Scrapping Human Rights Act Is a Priority for the Tories, Vows Theresa May

Martyn Brown, Express (London), October 1, 2013

Axing the hated Human Rights Act will be one of the top ­priorities under a Tory government, Theresa May vowed yesterday.

The Home Secretary said plans to ditch it would be spelled out in the Conservative Party manifesto for the next general election in 2015.

She also vowed to introduce tough laws to boot out foreign criminals and illegal immigrants before their appeals are heard.

Mrs May said a new Immigration Bill would allow deportation if there was no risk of serious or irreversible harm. Appeals would then be heard while the person is out of the UK.

The moves are part of Mrs May’s plans to cut the number of deportation appeals by half by slashing the number of challenges allowed and ending abuse of Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights–the right to respect for private and family life.

She said the party’s position on the ECHR was clear–the Conservatives will leave the convention if that is what it takes to fix our human rights laws.

Citing the lengthy deportation of hate preacher Abu Qatada, whom she said called her “Crazy May”, the Home Secretary told the Tory conference in Manchester: “It’s ridiculous that the British Government should have to go to such lengths to get rid of dangerous foreigners.

“That’s why the next Conservative manifesto will promise to scrap the Human Rights Act.”

The party would also end the “abuse” of article 8 of the ECHR.

She said: “The trouble is while the European Convention makes clear that a right to a family life is not absolute, judges often treat it as an unqualified right.

“That’s why I published immigration rules stating that foreign criminals and illegal immigrants should ­ordinarily be deported despite their claim to a family life.

“Those rules were debated in the House of Commons and they were approved unanimously. But some judges choose to ignore Parliament and go on putting the law on the side of foreign criminals instead of the public.

“So I am sending a very clear message to those judges–Parliament wants the law on the people’s side, the public wants the law on the ­people’s side and Conservatives in government will put the law on the people’s side once and for all.”

Earlier this week Prime Minister David Cameron indicated ­Britain could withdraw from the ECHR.

But Attorney General Dominic Grieve warned that pulling out of the convention could cause the system to collapse, meaning countries with poor human rights records would be under less pressure to improve. In a hard-hitting speech Mrs May said she planned to slash deportation appeals.

She said: “The Government will soon publish the Immigration Bill, which will make it easier to get rid of people with no right to be here.

“First, we will cut the number of appeal rights. At the moment the system is like a never-ending game of snakes and ladders with almost 70,000 appeals heard every year.

“The winners [are] foreign criminals and immigration lawyers, while the losers are the victims of these crimes and the public. So we’re going to cut the number of appeal rights from 17 to four and in doing so cut the total number of appeals by more than half.

“Last year human rights were cited in almost 10,000 immigration appeal cases so the second thing we will do is extend the number of non-suspensive appeals.

“That means where there is no risk of serious and irreversible harm we should deport foreign criminals first and hear their appeals later.”

Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper warned: “Blaming the Human Rights Act when the principal reason for not deporting foreign criminals is Home Office incompetence is just a cover for failure.”

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  • Spartacus

    Deport all non-Whites. Everything else is just a lie to fool some prols…

  • David Ashton

    “Tory” critics call Theresa May or May Not. Same applies to immigration control, etc.

    • MBlanc46

      Is this due to the Tories being frightened by the UKIP?

      • David Ashton

        To some extent, yes. The “Tories” feel that UKIP could draw so many votes away from them in key constituencies that they could lose to “Red” Ed.

        UKIP is also capitalising on the general disenchantment with the political class and the current coalition whereby the LibDems may go “into government” again, with either Con or Lab, despite having lower popular support than UKIP which may not even get one seat in Westminster at the next “election”.

        UKIP is being targeted for exposable “racist” attitudes and some ridiculous examples are thrown up (which nevertheless cut little ice with the average white voters, unlike the media-managers and the robot liberal-left). UKIP’s “founder” Professor Sked has joined this attack on his more successful successors. We can all expect to see the harder anti-immigration and anti-establishment vote split several ways by competing “right-wing” sects yet again.

        • MBlanc46

          Thanks. Very helpful.

  • Puggg

    Why wait until 2015? Why not do it now?

    • The Tories don’t control the government outright, they needed the Learning Disableds in order to string together a majority coalition government.

      But even if they were the outright majority, I still wouldn’t trust them to do this. Putting stuff in platforms is basically boob bait. Our Republicans do it all the time. Some of our people get giddy over a Republican platform, all the while the party’s nominee for President considers it to be a meaningless piece of paper, Bob Dole’s own words.

      • David Ashton

        If UKIP had any sense or principle, it would go for the government harder on the entire immigration deception than on EU membership, especially among the white “working-class”. The downside of the Farage as a good bloke among these instinctive patriots in factories and farms (what is left of these in Britain) is his golf-club and hedge-fund image.

    • Sick of it

      Because if the real plan isn’t more or less put into operation by then, the powers that be will have lost anyway.

  • joesolargenius

    A few months after Katrinia A black thug felon in New Orleans got caught with a lot of drugs ,a machine gun and a suitcase full of money, he told the cops while they were putting him in the police car that he would be out before they finished the report. Sure enough a Black Judge whose name escapes me at the moment signed his O.R while in booking.Judges like Doctors are in it for the money and often make judicial decisions based on what will profit them in regards to staying in power or getting quick cash.

  • bigone4u

    “Money talks, BS walks.” l can’t wait to see if a serious effort to control immigration occurs in Britain. It’s crazy that the muzzies more than the blacks have led white Brits to start to wake up.

  • Paleoconn

    Sounds like Sarkozy stealing some thunder from a popular LePen.

    We’ll see perhaps if this person is indeed the second coming of Enoch Powell.

    • Sick of it

      Britain should be so lucky…

  • Sick of it

    More hot air to keep any real anti-immigrant/Pro-British parties from taking control of Parliament.

  • WR_the_realist

    If I were British and I could trust her to stick by her guns Theresa May is one Tory I could vote for. And we all know how useless 99% of the Tories are. Just like the Republicans here in the U.S.