Sunday, October 2, 2011

'I'd like to axe Human Rights Act,' declares Home Secretary as she risks explosive rift with Lib Dem colleagues - 2nd Oct 2011

Theresa May risked angering Liberal Democrat Cabinet colleagues today by throwing her weight behind calls for the Human Rights Act to be scrapped.

In an interview with The Sunday Telegraph, the Home Secretary said she would 'personally' like to see it go because of the problems it has presented the Home Office.

Her comments, on the eve of the Conservative Party conference in Manchester, will endear her to many Tories infuriated by its use by foreign criminals to avoid deportation.

But senior Lib Dems, including Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Energy Secretary Chris Huhne, have pledged that the Act will stay.

Ms May said: 'I'd personally like to see the Human Rights Act go because I think we have had some problems with it.'

She added: 'I see it, here in the Home Office, particularly, the sort of problems we have in being unable to deport people who perhaps are terrorist suspects. Obviously we've seen it with some foreign criminals who are in the UK.' Read More