Prisoner's right to vote update

MPs enjoy a free vote at prisoner's expense.

MPs were in a defiant mood when they rejected any plans to change the blanket ban on prisoners voting.  At present only prisoners on remand are allowed to vote.  The debate, tabled by David Davis and Jack Straw, was partly put forward to answer the European Court of Human Rights' criticism that Britain's policy had not been debated in Parliament.

We all knew of course that there was no question of the law being changed even if the debate had gone the other way because there was no Bill before Parliament.  The government may come under pressure soon to put forward a response to the European Court's ruling that the blanket ban against prisoners voting is unlawful.

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