Saturday, 9 March 2013

Kicking Out the Right People

I have tabled amendments to the Crime and Courts Bill, due to be debated at Report stage from this Wednesday. I want to change the law to do two things. First, introduce proper safeguards to protect innocent British citizens from being carted off to face rough justice under UK extradition law - either to the US or EU.

The second change proposed is a nine word amendment that would ensure foreign criminals jailed for a year or more can be deported without them claiming family and social ties to block their removal. They currently comprise over 90% of successful legal challenges to deportation.

It is perverse that it has become so difficult to remove such serious criminals, and yet so easy to extradite our own nationals without substantiating any evidence or charges against them. I have written an article for the Sunday Telegraph tomorrow, making the case for deportation reform. You can read it here.


Richard Tebboth said...

It costs c.#40K p.a. to keep someone in prison.
Why not deport all convicted aliens immediately?

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