Illegal Immigrant granted leave to remain in UK as he has a pet cat

Last month Theresa May claimed that Article 8 of the European Convention of Human Rights had saved a man from deportation due to the fact that he had a cat. This angered many; it angered the public who were led to believe that an immigrant can remain in the UK solely for the reason that they have a pet, and it angered many lawyers and Politicians who claim that Teresa May’s comments have been misleading and is a complete misconception.

So – is it true?

The answer is no! It is getting increasingly clear that Theresa May has it in for Article 8 ECHR, and she is trying to get the public behind her. However, it is true to say, that she has completely misquoted this case and has completely misled the public. I urge you not to listen to these ridiculous statements.

Theresa May had stated that Article 8 should be reformed as it had allowed one immigrant to remain in the UK as he had argued that removing him from his cat would be distressing for himself and for the pet. This was clearly quoted to cause anger amongst the public.

However the true story is that the individual in question had been in a settled relationship with his partner for 5 years. The cat was mentioned in evidence to assist in proving the relationship to be genuine and that the couple had made some form of commitment to one another. The solicitor of the individual confirmed it to be ‘one detail among many’. And so Theresa May has taken this completely out of context to fabricate a story which assists in her own political goals.

The case actually won on appeal as the Home Office had not followed their own rules relating to unmarried couples, and so the final decision was not at all based upon the relationship with the pet cat. I would suggest that Theresa May does her homework on Human Rights Law before slating it. How can she want reform for a law that she does not even fully understand?

I believe that Article 8 of the European Convention of Human Rights protects a vital right – the right to a family and private life. It has successfully allowed families to remain together and protects children in that their family cannot so easily be torn apart. I do not accept that it is in need of reform.

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