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PM in pledge on the Magna Carta.

DAVID Cameron has spoken of the need to reform UK human rights to "safeguard" the Magna Carta's legacy as the historic document's influence over the past 800 years was celebrated.

The Prime Minister's words came at a major international event, attended by the Queen and an audience of thousands, marking the groundbreaking accord's role in helping to define concepts such as the rule of law and equal rights for all.

On the site at Runnymede where King John, on June 15, 1215, accepted the historic document that limited the power of the Crown, Mr Cameron said it remains "sewn into the fabric of our nation, so deep we barely even question it" but complained that the notion of human rights in Britain has been "distorted and devalued".

The Conservative Government has controversial plans to scrap the Human Rights Act and assert the role of the UK's Supreme Court over the European Court of Justice in Strasbourg - leaving the way open to withdraw from the European Convention of Human Rights if reforms are blocked.


From left, The Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh, the Duke of Cambridge and the Princess Royal attend a Magna Carta |800th Anniversary Commemoration Event at the Magna Carta memorial at Runnymede

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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Jun 16, 2015
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