Conservatives pledge to abolish the Human Rights Act

The Conservative party have pledged to get rid of Labour’s Human Rights Act and curb the role of the European Court of Human Rights curbed if they are elected next May.

Speaking in The Times, Justice Minister, Chris Grayling said central parts of the Tories’ election manifesto were aimed at ensuring that the Supreme Court was “supreme”, by eliminating outside influences.

“There are four things that I believe have to happen; scrapping Labour’s Human Rights Act, curtailing the role of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), coming to a proper balance of rights and responsibilities, and making sure our Supreme Court is supreme,” he said. “This is the kind of change that only we as Conservatives are committed to deliver.”

The move has been expected since the start of the year by many human rights activists and it was reinforced in July when David Cameron took the decision to remove Kenneth Clarke and Dominic Grieve, QC, the attorney-general, both keen supporters of the European Convention on Human Rights, from the cabinet.

In response Mr Grieves QC, has spoken to The Guardian about his fears from this week’s Conservative Party Conference.

He said he believed any attempt by the prime minister to back away from the ECHR would be dangerous.

He said: “It’s incoherent, it’s a bit anarchic, it breaches our international legal obligationsIt’s a complete breach of precedent.”

On Wednesday Mr Cameron will give the leader’s speech to the conference and he is expected by many to focus on the ECHR.

Mr Grieves added: “The principles of conservatism include, upholding the rule of law and the United Kingdom’s international legal obligations.

“If the party of which I’m a member makes an announcement which has the potential to breach the law and those obligations then I will argue against it … It would be very unsatisfactory.”

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