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Bill of Rights report out

Bill of Rights report out
The Government should pursue legislation on a British Bill of rights, a commission set up to consider the issue has found.

The report found there was a “strong argument in favour of a UK Bill of Rights” which would increase clarity while not offering less protection than the current Human Rights Act.

However two members of the commission rejected the findings of the report, claiming there was no evidence of any shortcomings in the current Human Rights Act.

The findings could put further strain on the Coalition, as eurosceptic Conservatives MPs are expected to seize on the document to advance their argument that the UK should withdraw from the European Convention on Human Rights.

Speaking in the House of Commons, Justice Secretary Chris Grayling that he would strongly pursue changes to the UK's relationship with the European Court of Human Rights.

He said the Government was "absolutely committed" to the need for change and "to ensuring that international human rights frameworks do not inappropriately intrude on the democratic decisions of this Parliament".

Writing in the Daily Telegraph today, Mr Grayling also indicated that he may call for Britain's withdrawal from the European Court of Human Rights if the Conservatives win the next election.

However Liberal Democrats will resist any moves which could to undermine the Human Rights Act.

A Liberal Democrat spokesman said: "[The UK is] not about to pull out of the ECHR, certainly not while we are in government. I'm sure that's what some Tory backbenchers will want to use [the commission's report] for."

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