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Scrapping the Human Rights Act
02/10/2014 14:00:00


Alongside free movement, one of the other things about 'Europe' that people often complain about is the European Court of Human Rights.

Most people assume it is part of the EU, but actually it is a separate organisation that predates it.

I am certainly not opposed to human rights - who would be? But I am increasingly concerned about some of the decisions this Court takes which seem to put the rights of individuals suspected of serious wrongdoing above the safety of law-abiding people. And I was outraged at their judgement on prisoner voting, which effectively told us that whatever MPs or the British public think, we can't have a law banning prisoners from voting. That is a direct attack on our democracy.

I've long believed that human rights cases should be considered by British courts. So I was delighted about this section of the PM's speech:

"When [the European Charter of Human Rights] was written in the aftermath of the Second World War, it set out the basic rights we should respect.

"But since then, interpretations of that charter have led to a whole lot of things that are frankly wrong. Rulings to stop us deporting suspected terrorists. The suggestion that you’ve got to apply the human rights convention even on the battlefields of Helmand. And now they want to give prisoners the vote.

"I’m sorry, I just don’t agree. Our Parliament - the British Parliament - decided they shouldn’t have that right. This is the country that wrote Magna Carta, the country that time and again has stood up for human rights whether liberating Europe from fascism or leading the charge today against sexual violence in war.

"Let me put this very clearly: we do not require instruction on this from judges in Strasbourg.

"So at long last, with a Conservative Government after the next election, this country will have a new British Bill of Rights to be passed in our Parliament rooted in our values.

"And as for Labour’s Human Rights Act? We will scrap it once and for all."

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