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Tories threaten to pull UK out of European Court of Human Rights

The Conservatives have threatened to pull Britain out of the European Court of Human Rights unless UK courts can have the final say over rulings made in Strasbourg, the party has announced.

Labour warn that scrapping the Human Rights Act would put the UK on a par with Belarus, Europe's last remaining dictatorship.

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Vince Cable: Human rights plans a 'retrograde' step

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Proposed Conservative Party plans to pull the UK out of the European Court of Human Rights are a "very retrograde step" Liberal Democrat Business Secretary Vince Cable has said.

Speaking on a visit to Edinburgh, he continued:

We do value human rights in our society - it's what our democracy is all about - and we also value a system of law in which judges rather than politicians make the final decisions, and it's very important that we retain that core and that framework.

We would see a gradual decline in the credibility of our legal system because, essentially, in order to score cheap populist points, the legal system is being undermined and judges are being undermined.

– Vince Cable MP

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