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Home Secretary Theresa May wants Human Rights Act axed

The home secretary has called for the Human Rights Act to be scrapped, less than a fortnight after Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg said it was "here to stay". The act enshrines the European Convention on Human Rights into UK law. But Theresa May told the Sunday Telegraphshe "personally" would like to see it go because of the problems it caused for the Home Office. Lib Dem Chris Huhne has warned scrapping the act would threaten the coalition. The coalition has set up a commission comprising of human rights experts to report on the possibility of bringing in a Bill of Rights for the UK to replace the Human Rights Act, by the end of the year. 'Extremely uncomfortable'Speaking as the Conservative Party conference got under way in Manchester, Ms May said: "I'd personally like to see the Human Rights Act go because I think we have had some problems with it. "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." Prime Minister David Cameron said he agreed with Mrs May...

Yvette Cooper says Labour would scrap net migration target

Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper told a fringe meeting at the Labour Conference yesterday that a Labour government would scrap the Conservatives' net migration target, the Guardian reported. David Cameron has pledged to cut net migration to "the tens of thousands" under the target. According to the Guardian, Cooper said Labour would replace the Government's net migration target with a much more strictly defined series of targets and controls. She said that overseas students would not be included, and she stressed that asylum seekers must be treated entirely separately from migrants. Cooper said the target had completely distorted the Government's policy on immigration. The Guardian quoted her as saying: "We would not have a net migration target because choosing net migration to focus on is the wrong thing. We think immediately what should happen is that students, international university students, should be taken out of the net migration target straight away. What you should instead have is a series of different controls and targets for different kinds of immigration." Cooper said Labour recognised that a system "which is far more sensible about the different kinds of immigration that we face and how it will work internationally" was needed. Meanwhile, Labour leader Ed...