Ceredigion’s Welsh Liberal Democrat MP Mark Williams has supported his party colleagues in the Assembly who have called on National Assembly to unite in opposing plans by the Tory UK Government to repeal the Human Rights Act 1998.
The Welsh Liberal Democrats in the Assembly have this week held a debate which stated that the Assembly “firmly opposes any attempt by the UK Government to repeal the Human Rights Act 1998’.
In their 2015 manifesto the Conservative Party pledges to scrap the Human Rights Act and replace it with a ‘British Bill of Rights’. In coalition, Liberal Democrats blocked plans to repeal the Human Rights Act and leave the European Convention on Human Rights, but now David Cameron is re-heating proposals to scrap fundamental human rights protections.
Commenting, Mark Williams said;
“These human rights laws protect the most vulnerable in society, and I am delighted by party are working to ensure that in Wales we make a stand against these worrying Tory plans.
“Scrapping the Human Rights Act would undermine our Welsh devolution settlement and be a retrograde step in the promotion and protection of human rights. It would only make the system more complex with one set of laws applying to devolved issues and another to non-devolved issues.”