The Tories are keeping the Human Rights Act (for now) and people can't cope

The Tories are keeping the Human Rights Act (for now) and people can't cope

The government will not include laws to scrap the Human Rights Act and replace it with a British Bill of Rights in Wednesday's Queen Speech.

It's believed the speech will only include a consultation on the change, with the full legislation delayed until later in this parliament.

The Daily Express reacted to the news in a typically understated manner.

Meanwhile the Sun's front page takes nominative determinism to a whole new level.

And the Daily Mail, which had called on the new Conservative government to scrap the "human rights farce" in its first 100 days - as previously promised - is less than happy.

Justice secretary Michael Gove will be in charge of replacing the Act, but the government - which only has a majority of 12 - faces opposition to the plans inside and outside the Commons.

As The Independent's Whitehall editor Oliver Wright reported earlier this month, it will be hard for the government to repeal the Human Rights Act as Cameron would need the consent of the SNP-led Scottish government - who are strongly opposed to such a move.

And according to the Times (£), senior Tories including former attorney general Dominic Grieve, former shadow home secretary David Davis and former chief whip Andrew Mitchell are all against the plans.

On Tuesday the pressure group Liberty released a series of videos where stars including Benedict Cumberbatch, David Harewood, Simon Callow and Vanessa Redgrave called on the government to keep the Act.

Watch this space.

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