Dear Editor, In his column, Michael Cashman MEP deliberately misconstrued the decision by Conservative MEPs to abstain on a new EU directive outlawing all forms of discrimination (April 9, 2009).
We wholeheartedly agree that any efforts to combat discrimination in our society are important and discrimination must be tackled at all levels of society and government. However the directive on which we were asked to vote would reverse a basic tenet of British law: that the burden of proof should be on the plaintiff.
We fully support the aims of this draft law, however such legislation must also be compatible with British law and this directive is not.
West MidlandsConservative MEP