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Tories vote to scrap ‘undemocratic’ Human Rights Act

by Tim Ross, Telegraph

The Commons vote intensified pressure on David Cameron from his own backbenchers to pull Britain out of the “undemocratic” jurisdiction of the European court.

The Prime Minister has said he would like to abolish the Human Rights Act but suggested Nick Clegg’s Liberal Democrats would not allow him move “further and faster” with reform.

Former Tory ministers including Nick Herbert, Crispin Blunt and Gerald Howarth were among 71 Conservatives who backed a Commons motion to repeal Labour’s Human Rights Act 1998.

Richard Bacon, Conservative MP for South Norfolk, proposed the motion.

Proposing his motion, Mr Bacon said the Human Rights Act was a vehicle for the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg to influence and change British law.

He said the only people in the United Kingdom who should hold such power were elected MPs.

Mr Bacon said the European Court of Human Rights could “impose its will against ours”, adding that this was “fundamentally undemocratic”.

“Judges do not have access to a tablet of stone not available to the rest of us that allow them better to discern what our people need than we can possibly do as their elected, fallible, corrigible representatives,” he told MPs.

“There is no set of values so universally agreed we can appeal to them as a useful final arbiter. In the end, they will always be shown up as either uselessly vague or controversially specific.

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