I fully support the Human Rights Act. It protects basic rights such as the right to be free from torture, the right to free speech, 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 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 with weaker human rights records. I can assure you that I will oppose any attempt to damage or dilute our human rights.
I will carefully scrutinise any firm proposals the Government eventually bring forward on this and that I will continue to stand up for Britain's proud record on human rights.
11 June 2015