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Philip Davies Calls For First-Time Offending Foreigners To Be Deported For 8 Totally Ridiculous Crimes

It was called the 'Send Them All Back Bill'.

12/03/2016 17:43 GMT | Updated 12/03/2016 17:48 GMT
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Tory MP Philip Davies has backed a law that would see foreign offenders deported for first time offences.

His colleague who supported the move, Philip Hollobone, dubbed it the "Send Them All Back Bill".

It would see anyone born outside the UK who travelled to live here and went on to commit a single crime forced to leave the country - if what they were tried and charged with a crime that carried a prison sentence.

But as 'The Secret Barrister', a blogger who has examined Davies' draft Bill in full, explains, that would include people found guilty of a criminal offence even if the judge in their case did not hand down incarceration as a punishment.

The blogger writes: "It is, without a doubt, one of the stupidest, crassest legislative proposals I’ve ever seen.

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"Its draftsmanship appears to be the work of a particularly poorly-educated dormouse typing in elasticated mittens."

Under the Bill anyone convicted of a 'qualifying offence' - per section 1(4): “any offence for which a term of imprisonment may be imposed by a court of law" - provides for automatic deportation.

So here are 8 crimes highlighted by The Secret Barister, all of which would lead to a foreign national being removed from the country without question of the crime's circumstances. 

1. Taking your daughter out of school to go on holiday (section 444(1A) of the Education Act 1996)
2. Kissing your wife in a public toilet (s.71 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003)
3. Bringing a can of beer onto a coach on the way to a football match (section 1(3) of the Sporting Events (Control of Alcohol etc.) Act 1985)
4. Taking that can of beer into the football stadium (section 2(1) of the Sporting Events (Control of Alcohol etc.) Act 1985)
5. Writing “I love you” in chalk on a pavement (section 1 of the Criminal Damage Act 1971)
6. Travelling on a railway without buying a £1.80 ticket (section 5(3) of the Regulation of Railways Act 1889)
7. Making an offensive joke on Twitter (Section 127(1) of the Communications Act 2003)
8. Standing in the street holding up a placard reading: “Philip Davies MP is a flipping ninny” (section 4A Public Order Act 1986)