The Home Secretary, Theresa May, has announced that immigration rules are set to change later in the year, in an effort to prevent foreign criminals using the European Convention on Human Rights.

Under the proposed changes, which Theresa May announced on Sunday, the European Convention on Human Rights will only be available to use in extreme cases, therefore making it harder for foreign criminals to resist deportation by invoking their right to a family life.

Theresa May advised the changes could be introduced by the summer, after a Home Office consultation on article eight of the European Convention on Human Rights, which says that a right to family life should not be interfered with except “in the interests of national security, public safety or the economic wellbeing of the country”.

She said: “By the summer, I will have changed the immigration rules so that we can end the abuse of the right to a family life.

“Believe you me, I get as frustrated as anybody when I see somebody who should not be in this country remaining in this country.

“I have every confidence it will work. If it doesn’t, if it is tested in the courts and we find there’s a problem, we’ll obviously look at other measures, but I’m confident in what we’re proposing to do.”

Under the changes, Theresa May is set to make it clear in the new rules that a right to family life will not prevent the deportation of a foreign national who has been convicted of a criminal offence, has breached immigration rules or cannot maintain themselves or their family.