Nigel Farage dubs Theresa May 'new Ted Heath' as 'bitter' ex-PM takes swipe at Priti Patel

The former Prime Minister questioned the "legality, practicality and efficacy" of the Government’s new scheme

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Theresa May has been dubbed the “new Ted Heath” by Nigel Farage after the former Prime Minister hit out at the Government’s Rwanda immigration deal.

The decision to send some immigrants arriving into the UK to be processed in the African country has been roundly criticised, with human rights among the issues raised.

Among those against the plan is Mrs May, who served as Prime Minister between 2016 and 2019.

And in a blunt post on Twitter, GB News' Nigel said: “Mrs May is so bitter, she is the new Ted Heath.”

Mr Heath served as PM in the early 1970s during a time of strong industrial change and economic decline. He was also an outspoken critic of Margaret Thatcher when she replaced him as Tory leader.

Nigel Farage has dubbed Theresa May the "new Ted Heath"
Nigel Farage has dubbed Theresa May the "new Ted Heath"
Theresa May
Theresa May

On Tuesday, Mrs May questioned the “legality, practicality and efficacy” of the Government’s new scheme.

She warned that the policy to send some migrants who arrive by unauthorised means 4,000 miles to East Africa could lead to an increase in the trafficking of women and children.

Coming under a barrage of criticism in the Commons, Home Secretary Priti Patel said that the policy is legal, as she continued her defence of it.

Ms Patel described some criticism of her policy as “xenophobic” and “deeply, deeply egregious”, as she defended Rwanda’s track record amid questions over its human rights record.

Mrs May, a former Home Secretary, said she did not support the Rwanda plans “on the grounds of legality, practicality and efficacy”.

She also demanded evidence that “this will not simply lead to an increase in the trafficking of women and children”.

While Prime Minister Boris Johnson has also slammed the BBC for being more critical over the Rwanda scheme than the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Speaking during a private meeting with Tory MPs, Mr Johnson said that the BBC had “misconstrued” the policy to send immigrants to the African country.

He also added that the BBC and the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby were “less vociferous” in condemning Russian President Vladimir Putin then they have been with the new deal.