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Parties, Prime Minister & Cabinet, Unit 1, Unit 2

Tories and Europe and Judges and Civil Liberties

David Cameron’s decision to urge the ECJ to reform is interesting in terms of both Units 1 and 2.

An analysis of the relationship between the UK/ Conservatives and Human Rights can be found at the LSE Blog


However this is an important case study for various different reasons aside from the preservation of Human Rights in the UK.

Cameron has suggested that the ECJ “undermines its own reputation by going over national decisions where it does not need to”. This has met with criticism from Labour who have accused the PM of ‘peddling myths’ (Unit 1 Parties- differences between Labour and the Conservatives) and senior judges and the European Court Justices who have accused the PM’s argument of not being grounded in fact. It may however be born out of bitterness regarding the decision over the deportation of Abu Qatada and the votes for prisoners saga (Unit 2- Judiciary/ Civil Liberties).

Shadow Justice Secretary Sadiq Khan has said the prime minister seemed “more concerned with placating his restless backbenchers than he is about protecting and promoting human rights across Europe”. This could contain at least a grain of truth. Cameron has struggled with his Parliamentary management since the election, he is trying to order the most rebellious set of backbenchers to occupy the green benches since 1945. A set of backbenchers more right wing, Thatcherite and Eurosceptic than their leader. (Further evidence of the divisions within the Conservative Party that will make an excellent example in a question on divisions within the parties in Unit 1)





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