Category Archives: Votes for prisoners

Clash over prisoner voting

Members of a committee to consider legislation on prisoner voting should not be elected, the Leader of the House of Commons said today. Andrew Lansley said the joint committee to consider a draft Bill on prisoner voting needed to be carefully balanced to include critics as well as supporters. The draft Bill must provide various… Continue Reading

Ar yes, now who was it that voted against prisoners having the vote?

Disgraced MP Chris Huhne may find it difficult to explain his voting record in the Commons to prisoners says Mark Leech, editor of Converse the national newspaper for prisoners in England and Wales. Mr Leech said: “Hansard shows that every time the issue of votes for prisoners came up in the House of Commons Chris… Continue Reading

BRITAIN COULD BE FORCED OUT OF EUROPEAN COUNCIL OVER PRISONER VOTING

Britain has the right to ignore the European Court of Human Rights over votes for prisoners, but will face political “consequences” if it does so, Justice Secretary Chris Grayling said today. Mr Grayling said he had received legal advice that Parliament was sovereign on the issue, and was within its rights to tell the Strasbourg… Continue Reading

PM WARNED ON VOTES FOR PRISONERS

  Europe’s Human Rights watchdog hit back today in the continuing war of words with London over voting rights for prisoners. Prime Minister David Cameron is defying a Strasbourg court ruling that the UK’s blanket ban on all prisoners voting while in jail is a breach of human rights. But a draft Bill before Parliament… Continue Reading

GRAYLING ADAMANT ON PRISONER VOTING

Parliament was on a collision course with European judges tonight after the Justice Secretary insisted it would have the final say on prisoner votes. Chris Grayling attempted to buy the Government more time in its long-running legal battle by announcing that a joint committee of both Houses will look at the issue. But he stressed… Continue Reading

ECHR SHOULD RESPECT VOTE BAN

The European Court of Human Rights should respect Britain’s “sensible and proportionate” ban on prisoners voting, Labour said today as the Government prepared to offer Parliament a fresh say on the issue. Justice Secretary Chris Grayling is to publish draft legislation on Thursday setting out three options, including a retention of the outright ban ruled… Continue Reading

VOTING BAN ‘LIKE RUSSIA’

The Prime Minister was accused in the Lords today of giving “aid and comfort” to countries like Russia by refusing to comply with a European Court ruling on giving prisoners the right to vote. Labour’s Lord Grenfell, a former representative of the World Bank to the United Nations, levelled the charge at question time. But… Continue Reading

DAVID CAMERON “MAKES ME PHYSICALLY SICK” ABOUT PRISONERS’ VOTES

Tory MPs reacted with fury after it was claimed the coalition is poised to introduce legislation to give prisoners the vote – causing Mark Leech the editor of the national newspaper for prisoners, Converse, to say the hypocrisy of David Cameron makes him physically sick. According to the Guardian, ministers are preparing to launch a… Continue Reading

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