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Sturgeon: SNP will block scrapping Human Rights Act

MPs for the Scottish National Party (SNP) will join forces with other opposition parties in an effort to block Tory plans to scrap the Human Rights Act, SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon has said.

Nicola Sturgeon has said the SNP will work to keep the Human Rights Act. Credit: Andrew Milligan / PA Wire/PA Images

The First Minister claimed the Conservatives' agenda "lacks legitimacy in Scotland", where David Cameron's party has just a single MP.

The SNP's priority is ending austerity, and the damage it does to people's lives - the Tory government's priority is ending human rights, and the opportunities for fairness they offer ordinary men and women.

For example, it was the Human Rights Act that enabled people to go to court in this country to challenge the grossly unfair bedroom tax.

To scrap the Human Rights Act would be an appallingly retrograde step.

– Nicola Sturgeon

The Scottish Government's Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Communities and Pensioners' Rights, Alex Neil, has already written written to UK Justice Secretary Michael Gove "to reiterate the Scottish Government's opposition to the repeal of the Human Rights Act".

Ms Sturgeon said she also raised the matter directly with the Prime Minister when they met and Holyrood could refuse consent to abolish the Act.

She added: "SNP MPs will work across party lines at Westminster to defeat the Tory government on the Human Rights Act - and the SNP Government will invite the Scottish Parliament to refuse legislative consent to scrap it, given the strong devolved dimension.

"This important issue illustrates how Holyrood working together with SNP MPs and others at Westminster can challenge a Tory agenda that lacks legitimacy in Scotland - and help the cause of progressive politics across the UK."


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Sturgeon: Cameron has 'no right' to rule out referendum

Scotland's First Minister has insisted David Cameron has "no right" to rule out a second independence referendum.

Nicola Sturgeon said she was "not planning" to hold another such ballot but refused to rule it out - claiming it was up to the people of Scotland to decide.

Nicola Sturgeon said it was down to the people of Scotland to decide if there is another referendum. Credit: ITV/Loose Women

The SNP leader told ITV's Loose Women: "We had that debate and that vote last year, and Scotland, against my better efforts, opted to stay part of the United Kingdom, to stay part of the Westminster system

She added: "I'm not planning another referendum. Why I stop short of saying I absolutely guarantee it is the same reason I don't think David Cameron has got any right to rule it out.

"Whether there is another referendum or not is really down to what people in Scotland want, there can't be another referendum unless people vote for it.


Cameron: There will not be another Scotland referendum

Prime Minister David Cameron has insisted there will not be another referendum on Scottish independence - and said the SNP was not pushing for one.

David Cameron has said there will not be another referendum on Scottish independence Credit: PA

In an interview with Channel 4 News, he said he was "very confident" he would not be the last UK Prime Minister.

We had a referendum. Respect and trust should be at the heart of our system and that's what we did and Scotland voted emphatically to stay in the United Kingdom which I think was an affirmation of what a great country this is.

There isn't going to be another referendum. We had the referendum and the SNP aren't pushing for another referendum actually, Nicola Sturgeon said that vote in the general election was not about another referendum.

Now what we need to do is bring the United Kingdom together. We are going to do that by delivering the devolution settlement in Wales, delivering the devolution settlement in Scotland, keeping all the pledges that were made.

– David Cameron

SNP runs riot - and decapitates Scottish Labour

Nicola Sturgeon's SNP exceeded even their own private expectations with last night's result.

The won 56 of the 59 seats in Scotland with almost exactly 50% of the vote - meaning half the country doesn't support them. Can they unite a divided country?

ITV News Correspondent Martin Geissler reports from Edinburgh:

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