New Welsh Secretary blasts leaving European Convention on Human Rights as ‘abrogation of global leadership’

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Robert Buckland. Photo by Jonathan Brady/PA Wire.

New Welsh secretary Robert Buckland has blasted leaving the European Convention on Human Rights as an “abrogation of global leadership”.

Llanelli-born Buckland, who is MP for South Swindon, yesterday ruled out throwing his own hat in the ring to become Prime Minister of the UK.

But he fired on some of the other candidates, including Attorney General Suella Braverman, who had pleaded to quit the European Convention on Human Rights.

“Talk of withdrawing from the European Convention on Human Rights, which underpins the peace process, is at best naive and at worst an abrogation of Britain’s European and global leadership,” he said. said in a statement. Telegraph column.

“It is deeply anti-conservative and it must be resisted. Instead, we should seek to reform and solve all the problems, for example with the immigration law, rather than following Russia to the door.

In an op-ed that made no mention of his new job as Welsh secretary, he said the Tory leadership race should focus on “the economy, pure and simple”.

“The so-called ‘culture war’ issues are important, but no one wants to wage a war on an empty stomach,” he said.

“Any candidate worth their salt must put themselves firmly in the shoes of the people we serve. From my own extensive conversations with constituents, friends and family, the cost of living and the prospect of a slowing economy are the issues that matter.

However, he then embarked on a “culture war” himself, adding that while conservatives “should be proud of all the diverse parts of our modern society, and that love and compassion must always prevail, we know what a woman is”.


Earlier, he had ruled himself out of the race to become the next Conservative Party leader and prime minister.

Responding to the 1922 Committee rules for leadership election, he told ITV that “in all reality I think it’s going to be difficult for me to meet those requirements”.

“What I’m looking for is someone who can embody the values ​​I believe in and advance the agenda of a nation the Conservatives were elected on,” he said.

“What I’m going to focus on are the issues, including our economy and making sure whoever wins this election is true to the principles I believe in.”

He told ITV it was a “privilege” to take on the role of Welsh secretary.

“I want to make sure the shared prosperity funds are flowing and I want to do everything I can to move this leveling agenda forward for every part of the country where I was born, where I worked and where I love,” he said.

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