Commenting on the statement by Home Secretary Theresa May that she will change UK law to stop foreign criminals invoking family claims to keep them in the UK Liberal Democrat European justice and human rights spokeswoman Sarah Ludford MEP said:
"The Home Secretary is perfectly right to point out that unlike the right not to be tortured family life is not an absolute right under the Human Rights Act and the European Convention. So judges can and should balance such claims against the demands of public safety prevention of crime or rights of others."
"But she should not promise what she cannot deliver. Unlike the mythical cat British-born children could have a strong claim not only to stay here but also to have their mother or father stay with them."