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Do you think prisoners should be given the right to vote?
1:00pm Monday 29th October 2012 in News
DO you think prisoners should be given the right to vote?
That’s the unpopular policy which could yet be forced on Britain – despite a number of Worcestershire MPs criticising the idea.
The European Court says current UK rules denying convicts a vote breaches human rights legislation, and has given the Government until November 22, to respond.
MPs in Worcestershire have criticised the call – and urged David Cameron to continue to resist pressure to change tack.
The Prime Minister said last week he was not willing to comply with the demand, even if it means further court action such as paying compensation to prisoners.
Last year MPs had a vote on it in parliament and opted for a blanket ban, with an overwhelming majority.
During a recent Prime Minister’s Questions Mr Cameron said he was willing to give MPs a fresh vote on it to make their feelings “absolutely clear”.
It followed comments from Attorney General Dominic Grieve, who said the European ruling means the UK has a “legal obligation” to respond next month.
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