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Dartford MP Gareth Johnson calls for Human Rights Act to be abolished

PUBLISHED: 14:48 28 March 2013 | UPDATED: 14:48 28 March 2013

The Human Rights Act should be abolished in light of the UK's failed appeal to deport Abu Qatada, says Dartford MP Gareth Johnson.

He said: “It is quite wrong that the Human Rights Act prevents us from deporting terrorists.

“It undermining the Government’s attempts to protect the public from harmful individuals and sends out a message to other similar extremists that we are powerless to act against them.”

The Court of Appeal that Abu Qatada could not be deported back to Jordan due to human rights concerns. The radical cleric has been fighting against deportation for over 10 years and has used the Act to argue that he should not be sent back to Jordan.

Mr Johnson added: “This is yet another compelling argument for scrapping the Human Rights Act altogether. If there is a necessity for people to have their rights protected then we can replace the Human Rights Act with a British Bill of Rights but the important thing is that we should get rid of the Human Rights Act completely.”

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