Bid to ‘rebalance’ Human Rights Act

Bid to ‘rebalance’ Human Rights Act

Justice Secretary Jack Straw has signalled he is preparing to “rebalance” the Human Rights Act amid concerns it had become a “villains charter”.

Mr Straw – who introduced the act 10 years ago when he was Home Secretary – said he had become frustrated with the way that it is operating.

He suggested that the rights in the legislation – which enshrined the European Convention on Human Rights in British law – could be balanced with new “responsibilities” to obey the law and to be loyal to the country.

In an interview with the Daily Mail, he said: “In due course I could envisage that there could be additions made to work in the issues of responsibilities.”

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