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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister – in the House of Commons at 12:34 pm on 20th January 2010.

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Photo of Gordon Brown Gordon Brown The Prime Minister, Leader of the Labour Party 12:34 pm, 20th January 2010

I am surprised that we keep coming back to the European convention on human rights and the Human Rights Act that flowed from it. I think most people would agree that the ECHR, which was written by British lawyers- [Interruption.] Yes, some of them were Conservatives, actually. I think most people would agree that the ECHR has been a major advance, and I am sorry that we are returning to these old debates. The protection and safety of the individual is first and foremost in our mind.

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