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Clarke's hails ECHR agreement

Clarke's hails ECHR agreement
Ken Clarke has said there will be a “big difference” to the European Court of Human Rights after an agreement reached at a conference in Brighton.

The Justice Secretary said at a press conference the agreement will help to solve the “appalling backlog” and “scandalous delays” at the ECHR.

However today’s agreements are unlikely to appease Conservative backbenchers who were calling for significant reforms to the scope of the ECHR.

Before the meeting, Mr Clarke said he was hopeful that he will "get some improvement" in the way the ECHR operates.

Mr Clarke told BBC News this morning that he would be pressing for reform which would see fewer cases going to Strasbourg. He explained that ministers "only want to go to Strasbourg where there are really important principles involved". He added: "I'm hoping to get some improvement, we will get fewer cases going there."

Ministers from 47 countries discussed the plans today, which included a proposal to limit the Court's ability to overrule decisions made in national courts.

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