The MP’s suggestion that I had stolen from his pamphlet rankled. I did nothing of the sort.

‘The European Convention on Human Rights is to a substantial degree a Conservative document. Withdrawal is a bad idea’

‘Temporarily withdrawing from the human rights convention in order to deport Abu Qatada would be absurd’

In a “keynote address” to the Bar Conference yesterday, Sir Nicolas Bratza noted that delays are steadily increasing at the European Court of Human Rights. Bratza is now the third most senior of the Strasbourg judges and a vice-president.