MP calls for conference to reform human rights court

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A PORTSMOUTH MP has called for the government to reform the European Court of Human Rights.

Britain is the current chair of the Council of Europe and is today hosting a conference in Brighton to discuss the court’s future.

Portsmouth South MP Mike Hancock sits on the European council’s Parliamentary Assembly and said reform was long overdue.

He said: ‘I’ve been involved in cases where people suffering from nuclear tests, who were the victims of illness through that, sadly died before their cases even got heard.

‘Cases relating to justice for Terry Jeans for example, and the young soldier who was killed in Croatia, I’d like to get the court to take that one on board, but they simply failed to address the issue.’