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May says she was 'crazy' with the ECHR over Qatada

Home Secretary Theresa May speaks to delegates during the ConservativeParty Conference in Manchester. Credit: PA

Home Secretary Theresa May told the Conservative Party conference that when Abu Qatada finally got on the plane to be deported, she was told that he asked: "Is Crazy May flying with me?"

Ms May told delegates: "I admit I was crazy - crazy with the European Court of Human Rights, and I know I wasn't the only one.

"We were told time and time again that thanks to human rights law, we couldn't deport him."

May: We should not underestimate the terrorism threat

Home Secretary Theresa May told the Conservative Party conference: "We should not for one second underestimate the threat we face from terrorism and the challenges we must meet in confronting extremism."

"Whatever the race, religion and beliefs of a terrorist, whatever the race, religion and beliefs of their victims, this is Britain.

"We are all British. We stand united against terrorism and we will never succumb to violence."


Theresa May 'plans to deport first and hear appeal later'

Home Secretary Theresa May said the Government plans to "deport first and hear the appeal later" in a major change to immigration law.

Ms May told the Daily Mail that the Home Office will also cut the number of grounds on which migrants can lodge an appeal from 17 to four following the 12-year deportation battle over Abu Qatada.

Home Secretary Theresa May is due to address the Conservative Party conference later today.
Home Secretary Theresa May is due to address the Conservative Party conference later today. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

"I am clear that the law must be on the side of people who respect the law, not those who break it," the Home Secretary said.

Home Office officials expect the crackdown to more than halve the 68,000 appeal cases lodged against the Government every year, the newspaper added.

May: Lessons to be learnt from Daniel Pelka's case

Home Secretary Theresa May said there are "lessons to be learnt" from the case of Daniel Pelka, the four-year-old boy who was beaten and starved to death.

Ms May said: "I'm pleased the Government enables these reviews now to be published so we can actually see where issues arise. We can genuinely learn the lessons.

"I think all the agencies have recognised that they need to look at how information is shared between people.

"One of the issues that the Daniel Pelka case raises is that when people are looking into issues of domestic violence, making sure we look at how those incidents affect children."

May was briefed in advance of Miranda's detention

Home Secretary Theresa May confirmed she was briefed in advance of the detention at Heathrow Airport of David Miranda, the partner of a Guardian journalist who has written a series of stories on the US National Security Agency's mass surveillance.

Mrs May added that despite being informed of his detention, she does not make the decisions on who the police do and do not stop.

But she endorsed Mr Miranda's detention, saying: "If it is believed that somebody has in their possession highly sensitive stolen information which could help terrorists, which could lead to a loss of lives, then it is right that the police act and that is what the law enables them to do."

Immigration minister: 'Sensible' to review fingerprinting

Minister for Immigration Mark Harper says he will consider more rigorous checks at borders after a report warned that thousands of illegal immigrants attempting to get into the UK through France have not been fingerprinted for four years.

The report by the Chief Inspector of Borders said records need to be kept in case some people later try to claim asylum in the UK.


Border chief: Lille immigration loophole 'still an issue'

The Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration has told ITV Daybreak that a loophole in immigration checks on people entering Britain is "still an issue" and recommends detention facilities at London's St Pancras station to cope with people arriving in this way.

John Vine's comments follow accusations of a "cover-up" by Home Secretary Theresa May after she used legal powers to keep parts of a critical inspection by Mr Vine into UK border controls secret.

In unredacted parts of the report, Mr Vine reveals that border staff remain concerned over the effect of the so-called Lille loophole, which effectively exempts some passengers who travel to Britain via Lille, in France, on Eurostar trains boarded in Belgium, from UK Border Force immigration checks.

Keith Vaz criticises border report redactions

Keith Vaz, chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee, has criticised Theresa May's decision to edit out the sections of the borders report dealing with the 'Lille Loophole'.

Chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee Keith Vaz. Credit: Press Assocation

He said: "I am concerned that the Home Secretary has decided to redact part of the findings related to the 'Lille Loophole', despite John Vine finding that some were still able to reach Britain using this method.

"The committee has been assured in the past that the loophole would be closed. The withholding of information prevents us from properly holding the Border Force to account."

Eurostar loophole 'may still being used to sneak into UK'

Thousands of illegal immigrants may still be using a loophole on the Eurostar to sneak into the country, a report from a leading civil servant suggests.

Thousands may be sneaking into the UK using a loophole on the Eurostar, a new report says Credit: PA

However, the Home Secretary has allegedly prevented the public from seeing the sections of the report by Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration, John Vine, on the "Lille Loophole".

It reveals Border Force staff, who police ports and airports, are still concerned the illegal loophole is being used to get into Britain.

The 'Lille Loophole' exempts some passengers who travel to the UK on Eurostar trains via Lille from British immigration checks.

Farage: Home Office redactions 'extremely concerning'

Nigel Farage has hit out at a report on UK borders after it emerged that sections of the report had been redacted.

The Ukip leader dubbed the removal of 15 sections of the report “extremely concerning” and accused the Home Office of censorship.

It is extremely concerning that a report into the operations of our border security is being censored by the Home Office.

We have to ask what on earth are they hiding?

The simple fact is that the UK Border Agency is having enormous problems, not of its own making, but of its political masters, who then choose to redact the report.

– Ukip leader, Nigel Farage
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