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HOME SECRETARY THERESA MAY has picked a major fight with the Liberal Democrats, the Tory’s coalition partners in government today over Human Rights. She outlined her plan to potentially scrap the Human Rights Act 1998 by altering Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights, and replacing it with a British Bill of Rights, which could mean that foreign nationals that commit crimes in the UK could be deported immediately. May, like Clegg, didn’t mince her words. She said in Manchester: “The Human Rights Act must go.” A couple of weeks ago at the Liberal Democrat conference, the Deputy Prime minister and Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg, said in no uncertain terms that the Human Rights Act was “here to stay.” May quoted Article 8 of the European Convention in her speech, which was incorporated into British law via the Human Rights Act 1998. It reads: “1. Everyone has the right to respect for his private and family life, his home and his correspondence. 2. There shall be no interference by a public authority with the exercise of this right except such as is in accordance with the law and is necessary in a democratic society in the interests of national security, public safety or the economic well-being of the country, for the prevention of disorder or crime, for the protection of health or morals, or for the protection of the rights and freedoms of others.” The European Convention on Human Rights was set up by the Council of Europe in 1950. May said that the judges were interpreting this too literally, and even made a case in point that one criminal could not be deported because, she said, he had a pet Cat. But Justice secretary Ken Clarke did a Victor Meldrew, and said: "I simply can't believe it." May is standing by the claims - claiming it was making a point about the interpretation of the Act by judges. Law isn't purrrfect, we all know that... Liberal rabble-rouser Chris Huhne, Energy secretary, apparently said after May’s speech that if the Tories stick with this line, there could be problems for the coalition. David Cameron said this morning that there was a consultation underway on whether to insert a British Bill of Rights into British law, and also told Andrew Marr on Sunday that the process would have to go slower than Theresa and him wanted because of the coalition and their Liberal partners. Liberty, the Human Rights campaigning group believe that scrapping the Human Rights Act will just mean that more power is transferred directly to the European Court in Strasbourg. Liberty’s chief Shami Chakrabarti said it was hypocritical to be promoting Human Rights abroad, when you are trying to get them scrapped at home.
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