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 Glasgow, is serving his life sentence at Dumfries prison for the 1998 murder of Eric Innes in Inverness.

The latest round of their legal battle against the ban preventing them from voting while in prison was rejected by seven Supreme Court justices in London.

Mark Leech editor of Converse the national prisoners newspaper said it was a sad day for British Justice.

“I am deeply disappointed that the Surpeme Court has rejected these appeals – we have the most right-wing Surpeme Court that we’ve had since the 1950’s.

“Britain is now lagging behind the world on human rights when once we were in the vanguard.

“Convicted prisoners in South Africa, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland. Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and UkraineCyprus and Romania, MaltaBulgaria, France Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Slovakia Germany, Norway and Portugal, Italy and Greece, Iceland, Moldova and Monaco, can either all vote or most can vote – why are we in Britain so far behind?”