Responding to the announcement that the the Conservatives would seek to replace the Human Rights Act with a US-style Bill of Rights should they win the next election, Liberal Democrat Leader Ming Campbell said:
David Cameron appears confused. In one sentence he supports a Bill of Rights, while in the next he proposes scrapping the Human Rights Act. Finally he says he wants to keep Britain signed up to the European Convention on Human Rights.
Let us be clear what David Cameron is planning. Under the Tory proposals, British citizens would have to take their cases to Strasbourg if they did not feel they had found justice in the British courts.
The whole point of the Human Rights Act is that British citizens have access to the same rights as everyone else, through the British courts.
David Cameron wants to ration those freedoms. There will be a wide set of rights for those wealthy enough to take their cases to Strasbourg, and restricted rights for everyone else.
The Human Rights Act sets out rights drawn up largely by British lawyers within the European Convention after the Second World War.
Only the Liberal Democrats would defend these hard-earned rights and enshrine them within a new constitutional settlement that would include a Bill of Rights and a written British Constitution.