Human Rights Act

I support the Human Rights Act as it protects basic rights such as the right to be free from torture, the right to a fair trial, the right to protest and freedom of association. It also includes responsibilities as well as rights, it maintains Parliamentary sovereignty and remains a crucial check against unaccountable state power.

Abolishing the Human Rights Act would severely weaken the rights of British citizens. Withdrawing from the European Convention on Human (ECHR) Rights, from which the Human Rights Act was drawn, would be a shameful abandonment of Britain’s historic respect for the rule of law and weaken our moral authority to demand change from those countries with weaker human rights records.

I will oppose any attempt to damage or dilute our human rights or to detach Britain from the ECHR.