Playing politics with a child’s life shames us all, Mr Javid | Jess Phillips

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Shamima Begum may not deserve much sympathy, but she is a UK citizen. And so was her baby

Theresa May famously peddled a story about an illegal immigrant who had won his case because he had a cat and had used article 8 of the Human Rights Act – the right to a family life – to stay in the country.

It wasn’t true but, hey, she didn’t care: she had a point to make about the Human Rights Act and she needed a headline-grabbing story. In the same speech, the then home secretary said: “We must end the Human Rights Act.” As we now know, she, very unfortunately, made it to the office of prime minister.

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