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Opinion: Prisoner voting rights

Prison fenceThis week, the Supreme Court is considering the legality of the Government’s ban on prisoner voting. A majority of MPs are set against even limited suffrage for prisoners. The idea makes David Cameron “physically sick” and Jack Straw believes “those who break the law cannot make the law.”

Many supporters advance the same perfectly sound arguments, particularly from a human rights perspective. But a strong, pragmatic case for full prison enfranchisement can also be made by assessing this most populist of policies against the aims of sentencing in the criminal …

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Opinion: Prisoner voting and the rule of law

Liberal Democrats have always been proud defenders of the rule of law. As our manifesto stated in 2010, the values of ‘fairness and the rule of law’ lie at the heart of our foreign policy. However, just as we call on other states such as Burma, Belarus and Zimbabwe to respect the rule of law, so we must be ever vigilant that there is no weakening of this fundamental principle at home. The Liberal Democrat policy on the Justice and Security Bill at conference in September was a powerful reminder to the leadership on how seriously we, as a party, take this issue.

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  • User AvatarNick Collins 22nd Dec - 4:15pm
    @ RC The LibDems did not promise to deliver a policy re tuition fees. Most of their candidates signed a pledge, if elected, to vote...
  • User Avatarmatt (Bristol) 22nd Dec - 4:13pm
    Wot, Richard, all those past female leaders of the Liberals, SDP and LibDems? Well, I hate to disappoint you, but...
  • User AvatarAndrew Watson 22nd Dec - 4:12pm
    Anyone seriously thinking that David Ward will "probably" hold on in Bradford East might want to take the odds available with Paddy Power of 6/1....
  • User AvatarRichard Dean 22nd Dec - 4:01pm
    Where are the women?
  • User AvatarSIMON BANKS 22nd Dec - 3:46pm
    I don't think it's "clutching at straws". This poll points to a relevant factor which should be taken into account along with the tendency of...
  • User AvatarColin 22nd Dec - 3:29pm
    @RC "Not being able to deliver a policy because you don’t have the money or MPs is not lying, it is not being able to...
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