HUMAN RIGHTS PLAN IS STUR CRAZY
SCOTLAND will oppose any attempt by the UK to scrap the Human Rights Act north of the border, Nicola Sturgeon has said.
The First Minister slated the Conservatives’ plan to replace the legislation with a British Bill of Rights after Scottish Secretary David Mundell insisted the move would apply to Scotland.
Sturgeon said: “I oppose the repeal of the Human Rights Act – I think it’s an appalling thing to be doing.
“Human rights are there to protect all of us – it was the Human Rights Act that enabled people to go to court to object against the bedroom tax.
“Taking away human rights is an awful idea. The Scottish Government will work hard to make sure that here, people still get human rights protection.”
Sturgeon is also unhappy with the Smith Commission proposals for more powers for the Scottish Parliament, describing them as merely a “starting point”.
She added “There is a growing acceptance that these proposals don’t go far enough.
“We need to look at how we build on them so the Scottish Parliament has the powers we need to grow our economy, create jobs and lift people out of poverty.”