Priti Patel vowed to end 'end the free movement of people once and for all' as she outlined a hardline immigration policy under Boris Johnson's leadership.
The Home Secretary said the UK would introduce an Australian-style points based system as she hit the stage at the Conservative Party conference.
It came after she used the event in Manchester to warn criminals 'we are coming after you' amid multi-million pound plans designed to make the Tories the party of law and order again.
She unveiled a £10 million ring-fenced fund to equip up to 60 per cent of police officers with Tasers.
She also announced a £20 million investment to aid in identifying and dismantling county lines drugs gangs which exploit children and other vulnerable people.
In a blunt, no nonsense speech Ms Patel said: 'As Home Secretary at this defining moment in our country’s history, I have a particular responsibility when it comes to taking back control.
'It is to end the free movement of people once and for all.'
The Home Secretary said the UK would introduce an Australian-style points based system as she hit the stage at the Conservative Party conference (pictured)
In a blunt, no nonsense speech Ms Patel said: 'As Home Secretary at this defining moment in our country’s history, I have a particular responsibility when it comes to taking back control'
'Instead we will introduce an Australian style points-based immigration system.
The Australian immigration system has been designed to allow people into the country who the government believes will contribute to the economy and fill skills shortages.
Skilled worker visas are available to people if they score enough points across a number of categories in a points-based assessment with 60 the magic number.
One of the key categories is age, with all applicants having to be under 50.
Younger applicants are automatically awarded 30 points while those approaching the age of 50 get zero, making it much harder for them to be accepted.
Another key category is the ability to read and write English to a satisfactory level. Points are awarded to people who are particularly 'proficient' while even more are awarded to those deemed 'superior'.
Then there are qualifications and skilled employment history. This is where people must get most of their points from.
For example, five years of skilled work outside Australia is worth 10 points and a PHD qualification receives 20 points.
The Migration Watch think-tank has warned there is little evidence the Australian-style scheme would address public concern over immigration levels.
It said: 'This statement just ducks all the key issues. There is no mention whatsoever of reducing net migration, let alone how it might be achieved.
'The UK has had a points-based system for almost ten years and it hasn't worked.'
'One that works in the best interests of Britain. One that attracts and welcomes the brightest and the best.
'One that supports brilliant scientists, the finest academics and leading people in their fields. And one that is under the control of the British Government.'
Shadow home secretary Diane Abbott criticised the speech, saying the Tories 'all voted to cut the police and oversaw a rise in serious and violent crime'.
But Ms Patel took a swipe at the opposition in her speech, saying: 'This daughter of immigrants, needs no lectures from the North London metropolitan liberal elite.
'That’s what you get with a government that is driven by the people’s priorities.
Of course, there will be only two dissenting voices. Diane Abbott and Jeremy Corbyn.
'Because the choice isn’t just who the people want to be our next Prime Minister. It’s also about who the people want to be their next Home Secretary.
'Do we really want a Labour Home Secretary who would leave our communities and our country less safe?
A Labour Party who won’t even attempt to take back control of our borders? Because they want to surrender our border control and extend free movement.'
The tough-talking minister announced a £10million