Nicola Sturgeon warns against Tory human rights plan

Nicola Sturgeon to attack plan to repeal Human Rights Act. Picture: Steven Scott Taylor/JP
Nicola Sturgeon to attack plan to repeal Human Rights Act. Picture: Steven Scott Taylor/JP
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Conservative plans to scrap the Human Rights Act “will diminish the UK’s reputation”, according to Nicola Sturgeon.

Scotland’s First Minister is opposed to the plan and believes repealing the act “addresses no obvious problem”.

Replacing the Human Rights Act with a British Bill of Rights was an election pledge by the Conservatives, with Justice Secretary Michael Gove to set out proposals.

Ms Sturgeon has already said she will urge Holyrood to withhold consent for the abolition of the Act in Scotland and thinks it would “harm peoplwho need support and protection”.

The SNP leader is to address civic organisations in Glasgow today with human rights campaigner Shami Chakrabarti.

She will say: “The cause of human rights is also the cause of social justice. Human rights are founded on the recognition that all human beings have equal worth, and that all are entitled to the same fundamental protections and freedoms.

“The Conservative manifesto at the last election included this promise: ‘we will scrap Labour’s Human Rights Act and introduce a British Bill of Rights’.

“None of us know how this Bill of Rights could work. In fact, the UK government doesn’t seem to have any idea. Their pledge has created a completely unnecessary dilemma.

“The UK government must know that any legislation which weakens human rights protections, will diminish the UK’s reputation and impact on the welfare of people within the UK.”