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.”