Human Rights Debate

Webcast: Human Rights in a post-election UK

On Monday 1 March, we hosted a 'Question Time' style debate to explore the major political parties' positions on the future of the Human Rights Act and proposals for a British Bill of Rights and Responsibilities.

Event video


The event which was broadcast live through our website has now finished. 

You can view video footage from the event on the video page or through the player above. Subtitled versions are being produced and will be made available as soon as possible.


Martha Kearney, BBCBBC broadcaster Martha Kearney (Radio 4's World at One, Newsnight Review) chaired the debate, which included an introduction by our chair Trevor Phillips.

Trevor also set out the Commission’s position on human rights legislation post-election, as well as new research into proposals for a Bill of Rights.


Dominic Grieve by Steve Punter from Flickr. Licensed under Creative Commons BY 2.0. David Howarth by Keith Edkins, licensed under Creative Commons 3.0 Jack Straw by US State Department
Dominic Grieve MP David Howarth MP Rt Hon Jack Straw MP

  • Dominic Grieve MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Justice
  • David Howarth MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Justice
  • Rt Hon Jack Straw MP, Secretary of State for Justice

(NB these were the panellists' positions prior to the May 2010 election.)


Our debate aimed to:

  • explore the major political parties’ positions on the Human Rights Act and the proposed British Bill of Rights and Responsibilities
  • let you hear from us about our work to ensure human rights are enforced in Britain and receive our new research into a Bill of Rights.

Last Updated: 28 Apr 2014