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Prisoners on day release will be allowed home leave to vote

Chinese prisoners voting
Chinese prisoners voting

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Theresa May is to risk incurring the wrath of Conservative MPs by granting voting rights to some prisoners, it has been reported.

Prisoners sentenced to less than a year in jail and who are let out on day release will allowed to return home to vote after Justice Secretary David Lidington decided to end the existing total ban, according to The Sunday Times.

The move follows a 12-year wrangle between the UK and the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg which has repeatedly ruled the blanket ban breaches prisoners’ human rights.

The former prime minister David Cameron once said the thought of prisoners being given the vote made him feel “physically sick”.

Mr Lidington was reported to have circulated his proposals to other ministers last week.

However Tory MP Peter Bone told The Sunday Times: “I’m not in favour of letting prisoners vote. I find it extraordinary. It’s a bonkers decision. I think a lot of MPs will be concerned about this.”

A Government spokeswoman said: “We do not comment on speculation. Our policy on prisoner voting is well established – it remains a matter for the UK to determine, and offenders in prison cannot vote.”

Shadow home secretary Diane Abbott told BBC One’s Andrew Marr Show: “The European Court of Human Rights has been saying for some years that we can’t stop all prisoners having the vote and the Labour Party believes that we should indeed, in the end, we have to support the position of the European Court of Human Rights.”

Prisoners Should Be Allowed To Vote Because…. in a democracy everybody counts

By: Mark Leech It has been almost eight years since David Cameron said it made him “physically ill” to be forced to give prisoners the vote –  well today he may be reaching for his sick bag. Media reports state that Justice Secretary David Lidington has circulated to his Cabinet colleagues his plan to allow those… Continue Reading

Prisoner voting ban breaches human rights

The rights of more than 1,000 UK prisoners were breached when they were prevented from voting in elections, European judges have said. But the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) rejected the applicants’ claims for compensation and legal costs. The case before the ECHR concerned 1,015 prisoners who were behind bars throughout various elections between… Continue Reading

‘Cowardly judges’ say prisoners’ breach of human rights doesn’t deserve costs or compensation

In a decision said to be ‘cowardly’ European Judges have ruled that denying the vote to a group of prisoners was a breach of human rights, although no compensation or costs should be paid to them saying the ruling in their favour was enough. The group, who are prisoners in Scottish jails, argued the UK’s… Continue Reading

Prisoner Vote Decision Delayed Again

A decision over whether prisoners should be given the vote could delayed until after the next general election, the Justice Secretary has indicated. Chris Grayling said complex recommendations made by a cross-party committee about how to deal with the controversial issue had caused delays, and refused to rule out kicking the issue into the next… Continue Reading

Judges Should Not Make Political Statements

Claims by the European Court of Human Rights to set judge-made law on a widening range of social issues is threatening to undermine the sovereignty of Parliament, one of Britain’s most senior judges has warned – but critics have said judges should not make political statements while still on the bench. Lord Judge, the former… Continue Reading

Attorney General Warns Of ‘International Anarchy’ Over Prisoner Voting

Flouting European judges over prisoner voting would risk international “anarchy”, the Government’s chief law officer has warned. Attorney General Dominic Grieve, above, said sticking to international rules could be “irksome” at times. But it had been the “settled view” of British governments for centuries that such obligations should be met. The intervention came in evidence… Continue Reading

Prisoners lose right to vote case

Two convicted murderers have lost a Supreme Court battle over the right to vote while in jail. The UK’s highest court dismissed appeals brought by Peter Chester and George McGeoch. Chester, who is in his 50s, is serving life for raping and strangling his seven-year-old niece Donna Marie Gillbanks in Blackpool in 1977. McGeoch, from… Continue Reading

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