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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 AvatarEddie Sammon 26th Jul - 10:40pm
    People should listen to Alan's comment. Tim Farron also says similar in the Guardian today saying how he went to an event in Preston where...
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    Can we lay to rest this idea touted several times on here that "most youngsters did not choose to vote" The often quoted figure of...
  • User AvatarStevan Rose 26th Jul - 10:36pm
    I'm very impressed Paddy has taken the time to read and reply to comments here. It would help enormously if other senior Party leaders of...
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    I find it quite distasteful the amount of anti-brexit posts I read. I voted Brexit and the more I hear from Lib Dems telling me...
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    Michael BG "The answer is the multi-nationals. And they are only accountable to their shareholders." Not really, in several senses. They have to obey laws,...
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    This discussion on education spending is just another example of how we are all wedded to the notion of a revenue-constrained government budget in a...
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