Michael Gove, former Education Secretary, has been appointed Justice Secretary: he is now in charge of the Department for Justice. With this appointment, it is clear that Cameron has plans for potentially radical reform, and regards justice as an area that needs a seasoned, radicaland senior Tory politician to drive through changes that are likely to be controversial. Gove does have form.
Gove’s first task is to scrap the Human Rights Act, (HRA) which was the previous Labour government’s legislation designed to supplement the European Convention on Human Rights, it came into effect in 2000. The Act makes available a remedy for breach of Convention right without the need to go to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.
As I have previously reported, the rights protected by the Act are quite basic. They include the right to life, liberty and the right to a fair trial…
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