Sajjad : PM's true leadership over human rights court

As the Conservative legal affairs spokesman in the European Parliament, Sajjad today praised the Prime Minister's firm stance in demanding reform of the European Court of Human Rights.

Sajjad said: "Courts should be there to serve the well-being and safety of our citizens. Not to have the opposite effect.

"There is no room for judicial activism. The ECHR has for far too long made decisions in a political fashion."

"Reform is long overdue. Our presidency of the Council of Europe is a key opportunity to bring about that much-needed change.

"Once again Mr Cameron is not shying away from showing true leadership in Europe."

When the court blocked Britain's deportation of radical cleric Abu Qatada earlier this month, Mr Karim condemned it as "another case of the ECHR putting the welfare of undesirables ahead of the security and wellbeing of society at large."