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Published on October 6th, 2011 | by Joe Hinds
Image © [caption id="attachment_3907" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Fighting Deportation? © Getty Images"][/caption] In her Conservative Conference Speech earlier today Theresa May entered a world of controversy as she claimed that the Human Rights Act should be abolished, hailed the introduction of an English language test for immigrants and incorrectly claimed that a Cat prevented an illegal immigrant from being deported in a speech that aimed to be tough on crime and immigration but in reality did little other than to discredit what little credibility she had at the start of the day. The majority of May's speech was dedicated to the her plan regarding immigration control; in which she stated the need for a change to the current rules in which she believed that the Human Rights Act prevents several foreign inmates and illegal immigrants from being deported. May went on to reel off ludicrous examples of supposed criminals who had failed to be deported as a direct result of the Human Rights Act, quoting "the violent drug dealer who cannot be sent home because his daughter, for whom he pays no maintenance, lives here" and  "the robber who cannot be removed because he has a girlfriend" before going on to quote an example where an illegal immigrant was not deported because he "had a pet cat". However, this was simply not true - despite a guarantee from Mrs May at the Conference reassuring the crowd that she was telling the truth. When questioned afterward her speech she simply stated that her speech had been fact-checked and she stood by her stance that the Human Rights Acts "needs to go" in order to restore "sanity" into the UK's immigration system. Aside from her 'tough' and somewhat misguided standpoint on immigration, May also emphasised the need for a tougher stance on crime and punishment, with police here "to stop crime not to act as social workers" and again renewed her commitment to reforming the police whilst insisting that government cuts did not mean that frontline policing could not be maintained and improved. Despite whatever Theresa May would have wanted as an outcome from what was clearly intended to be a controversial speech she will struggle to shake off the damage done today regarding her cat tale as it has was even admitted as being false by the Home Office shortly after being released by the Daily Mail back in 2009, confirming that our very own Home Secretary does not even know what her own department is doing.

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Lies, Cats And The Abolition Of The Human Rights Act – Theresa May’s Conference Speech

Fighting Deportation? © Getty Images

In her Conservative Conference Speech earlier today Theresa May entered a world of controversy as she claimed that the Human Rights Act should be abolished, hailed the introduction of an English language test for immigrants and incorrectly claimed that a Cat prevented an illegal immigrant from being deported in a speech that aimed to be tough on crime and immigration but in reality did little other than to discredit what little credibility she had at the start of the day.

The majority of May’s speech was dedicated to the her plan regarding immigration control; in which she stated the need for a change to the current rules in which she believed that the Human Rights Act prevents several foreign inmates and illegal immigrants from being deported. May went on to reel off ludicrous examples of supposed criminals who had failed to be deported as a direct result of the Human Rights Act, quoting “the violent drug dealer who cannot be sent home because his daughter, for whom he pays no maintenance, lives here” and  “the robber who cannot be removed because he has a girlfriend” before going on to quote an example where an illegal immigrant was not deported because he “had a pet cat”. However, this was simply not true – despite a guarantee from Mrs May at the Conference reassuring the crowd that she was telling the truth. When questioned afterward her speech she simply stated that her speech had been fact-checked and she stood by her stance that the Human Rights Acts “needs to go” in order to restore “sanity” into the UK’s immigration system.

Aside from her ‘tough’ and somewhat misguided standpoint on immigration, May also emphasised the need for a tougher stance on crime and punishment, with police here “to stop crime not to act as social workers” and again renewed her commitment to reforming the police whilst insisting that government cuts did not mean that frontline policing could not be maintained and improved.

Despite whatever Theresa May would have wanted as an outcome from what was clearly intended to be a controversial speech she will struggle to shake off the damage done today regarding her cat tale as it has was even admitted as being false by the Home Office shortly after being released by the Daily Mail back in 2009, confirming that our very own Home Secretary does not even know what her own department is doing.

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