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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.”

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