Today we hear the detail of what a Conservative government would do to put UK voters and their Parliament back in charge of human rights, welfare, criminal justice and borders policy. If elected a majority Conservative government will
Repeal the 1998 Human Rights Act
Restore the primacy of the UK’s own Supreme court in cases of human rights
End the ability of the ECHR to change British laws. Their judgements would in future be advisory.
Define in UK law where human rights apply, and restrict its application by reducing its reach into trivial cases
Ensure that those who pose a threat to our country or have entered illegally cannot rely on Human Rights claims to avoid deportation.
The new law would prevent people from using the right to a family life as a reason why they should for example be allowed to break our planning laws . It would stop non UK citizens who had committed serious offences here from using the right to a family life as a reason to stay.
None of this means we are against human rights. Upholding liberties and ensuring high standards of fairness and legal process is part of a democratic and free society. The ultimate arbiter of this should be Parliament acting on behalf of the UK people. We do not want unaccountable and unelected judges telling us what laws we need to follow or revising laws we have chosen. That should always be a matter for Parliament, with MPs deciding. This leaves the power where it belongs, in the hands of British people, who can vote to change their Parliament and therefore their laws.
Chris Grayling, the Lord Chancellor, has done a great job in developing these proposals and piloting them through the Conservative Manifesto process. He has been encouraged by a group of concerned Conservative MPs who have highlighted the way European human rights law has made it more difficult to control our borders and our extradition system.