Tory: 'Scrap' Human Rights Act

The Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has told the Sunday Telegraph that a Conservative majority would repeal the Human Rights Act.

Grayling defends plans to scrap Human Rights Act

Chris Grayling became Justice Secretary in September last year.
Chris Grayling became Justice Secretary in September last year. Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

The Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has defended his announcement that the Conservatives would pull out of the European Convention on Human Rights if they won a majority in 2015.

He said that "If anyone sits down and reads it (the convention) as a document (they) would struggle to find a word they disagreed with. It was written in the aftermath of the Second World War, the Holocaust, all the issues in the eastern bloc."

"What's happened since then, the decision-making in the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, has moved I think that convention further and further away from the original intentions of its authors."

He added: "To my mind human rights is about some of the appalling things happening around the world, people being brutalised for their political views, people being put in jail. It's not about saying a prisoner has a right to artificial insemination while they're in jail."

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Home Office: 'No immediate plans to withdraw' from ECHR

Following report in the Mail on Sunday that Britain is set to pull out of the European Convention on Human Rights in a move to be announced by the Home Secretary Theresa May, a home office spokesman said

The government has no immediate plans to withdraw from the European Convention on Human Rights.

Meanwhile, the Justice Secretary Chris Grayling was quoted in The Sunday Telegraph as saying that said a Conservative majority would repeal the Human Rights Act.

'Tories should scrap Human Rights Act,' says Grayling

The Justice Secretary said a Conservative majority would repeal the Human Rights Act, which the Liberal Democrats are pledged to defend.

In comments made to The Sunday Telegraph, Chris Grayling said his party needs to be “clear” ahead general election that it would “start again” after abolishing the Act, which enshrines the European Convention on Human Rights in domestic law.

I cannot conceive of a situation where we could put forward a serious reform without scrapping Labour’s Human Rights Act and starting again.

We cannot go on with a situation where people who are a threat to our national security, or who come to Britain and commit serious crimes, are able to cite their human rights when they are clearly wholly unconcerned for the human rights of others.

We need a dramatically curtailed role for the European Court of Human Rights in the UK.

– Justice Secretary Chris Grayling