Protection for the principles held in Magna Carta
We would like a law passed that prevents the government from passing any laws which undermine the principles held in Magna Carta, unless they have a two thirds majority vote in both the House of Commons and House of Lords. The principles of British justice articulated in the Magna Carta have come under lethal attack from the last two British governments. Examples are:
The Labour governments introduction of control orders - which attack legal process: breaking the principle of no incarceration without trial, and undermining Jury trial.
The Coalition governments attack on judicial review - which enables the executive to be held to account in court. They have also attacked Legal aid - designed to give the poor the same legal protections as the rich.
The Conservatives also plan to withdraw from the European Convention on Human Rights, which is a direct attack against the principles core to Magna Carta.
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