London: British Home Secretary Theresa May has called for the Human Rights Act to be scrapped saying that it hinders the government’s attempts to deport dangerous foreign criminals and terrorist suspects.
“I’d personally like to see the Human Rights Act go because I think we have had some problems with it,” the Telegraph quoted May, as saying.
“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,” she said.
According to the newspaper, the Coalition has set up a commission of human rights experts to report on the possibility of bringing in a British Bill of Rights to replace the Act by the end of next year.
Many Conservative MPs as well as Tory ministers will cheer the Home Secretary’s words.
But they are likely to be greeted with dismay by leading Liberal Democrats, some of whom have signalled the future of the Coalition would be under threat if any serious action was taken against the Act, which incorporates the European Convention on Human Rights into UK law.
First Published: Sunday, October 02, 2011, 16:36