Labour criticises May's vow to scrap Human Rights Act

Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper has criticised the Home Secretary's promise that a Conservative government would scrap the Human Rights Act.

Yvette Cooper, shadow home secretary criticises Home Secretary Theresa May's plan to scrap Human Rights Bill. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Ms Cooper said: "[Theresa May] says she wants freedom yet she wants to abolish the Human Rights Act which protects freedom of speech, freedom from torture and freedom of religion.

"And she wants to pull out of the European Convention which is protecting basic freedoms in emerging democracies across Europe and has nothing to do with her failure in deporting fewer foreign criminals.

"Yet it is clear that she is more concerned about appealing to right-wing Tory backbenchers and setting out an alternative to David Cameron and George Osborne than she is about a coherent policy for Government."