Conor McGinn MP has welcomed the Justice Secretary’s u-turn on legal aid and called on the Government to drop plans to repeal the Human Rights Act.
Speaking in Parliament, McGinn pointed out that Government Ministers had recently changed their minds on Saudi prison contracts, a book ban for prisoners, the criminal courts charge and had now scrapped plans to change legal aid.
Commenting McGinn said:
“I’m glad the Government has scrapped plans to cut legal aid. It is important that people regardless of their means have access to the justice system.
“However, this is the latest in a long list of u-turns from the Tories who appear to be making it up as they go along.
“The government should now scrap plans to repeal the Human Rights Act. No one knows what they plan to replace the Human Rights Act with and it’s clear that repealing the law will weaken British people’s rights, particularly workers.
“The Human Rights Act and the European Convention on Human Rights are fundamental to our democracy and I will continue to fight to ensure people’s rights are protected.”