PM warned against copying UKIP

Ministers have warned David Cameron to resist a "lurch to the right" after the Conservatives finished third behind UKIP in the Eastleigh by-election. The PM also faces pressure over departmental spending ahead of this month's Budget.

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Grayling: Human rights comments 'not off-message'

The Justice Secretary Chris Grayling has said that his remarks about scrapping the Human Rights Act were not off-message, despite David Cameron saying there would be no "lurch to the right" in the Conservative Party.

The Justice Secretary insists his comments about the Human Rights Act were "not off-message" Credit: ITV News

Mr Grayling said: "What I've set out in the last few days is the same approach that I set out at the party conference last year.

"The Conservative Party will go in to the next election with a plan to tackle the frustrations on human rights, which are shared by people across our society - not by those on the right but the public as a whole."

His remarks come as cracks over immigration and the Human Rights Act appear to be splitting the party after the poor Eastleigh by-election results, which saw the Conservative fall to third place behind UKIP.

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