Conservatives MP Julian Lewis, Caroline Nokes and Andrew Turner defy the government

Daily Echo: Hampshire Tories defy the government Hampshire Tories defy the government

THREE Hampshire Conservative MPs voted to stop foreign criminals using human rights law to avoid deportation – defying No. 10 advice that the move is illegal.

Julian Lewis (New Forest East), Caroline Nokes (Romsey and Southampton North) and Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight) all backed a rebel amendment.

But the proposal failed when Labour joined forces with the Liberal Democrats – amid the extraordinary sight of David Cameron ordering his ministers to abstain on his own Bill.

The vote was immediately seen as triggering another bout of damaging ‘Tory wars’ over the toxic issues of immigration and European human rights laws.

But a defiant Dr Lewis hit back last night, accusing Mr Cameron of becoming “semi-detached from views of Conservative voters”.

He said: “Why are backbenchers pushing the prime minister? Because we are the ones who are in tune with the wishes of the people who send us to Westminster.

“We have ended up in the situation where the human rights charter is extended to people who are beyond the pale, because they have violated the rights of others.”

Downing Street gave in during debate on the flagship Immigration Bill, when it was faced with the biggest revolt of the Coalition’s four years in power.

Mr Cameron said he shared the rebels’ aim – deporting more foreign criminals – but feared the amendment would breach European human rights legislation.

Yvette Cooper, Labour’s shadow Home Secretary, accused the Tories of being “scared of their own backbenchers” – attacking a “car crash” for the Government.

But MPs did vote in favour of Home Secretary Theresa May’s equally controversial plan to strip foreign-born terror suspects of UK citizenship.

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9:03am Fri 31 Jan 14

eurogordi says...

Once again, well done to Julian Lewis ... and on this occasion Caroline Nokes as well which is a total surprise!
Once again, well done to Julian Lewis ... and on this occasion Caroline Nokes as well which is a total surprise! eurogordi

9:16am Fri 31 Jan 14

hulla baloo says...

About time MP's did what they are paid to do, and that is to represent the majority of their constituency, and not just follow toe line to keep their jobs.
About time MP's did what they are paid to do, and that is to represent the majority of their constituency, and not just follow toe line to keep their jobs. hulla baloo

10:18am Fri 31 Jan 14

Carpe Diem says...

So stripping these criminals of their UK citizenship achieves what exactly ? We can't deport them because they cite Article 8 of the HR act and even if we could deport them where would we send them ? Officially they would be stateless and therefore no other country would be obliged to take them.
So stripping these criminals of their UK citizenship achieves what exactly ? We can't deport them because they cite Article 8 of the HR act and even if we could deport them where would we send them ? Officially they would be stateless and therefore no other country would be obliged to take them. Carpe Diem

1:12pm Sun 2 Feb 14

southy says...

They are getting worried about losing there seats to another party next year, Lewis done this last General Election jump onto a band wagon just to get votes after the election he soon jump back of the band wagon.
If they felt so strongly about it then they should of been defining the Government from day one and not when its getting close to a General election.
They are getting worried about losing there seats to another party next year, Lewis done this last General Election jump onto a band wagon just to get votes after the election he soon jump back of the band wagon. If they felt so strongly about it then they should of been defining the Government from day one and not when its getting close to a General election. southy

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