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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 AvatarCHIS WILLIAMS 23rd Sep - 9:11pm
    Sorry Matt but I think you miss the point. By protecting under 18's using both the law and cultural norms society accepts that this particular...
  • User AvatarAllan 23rd Sep - 8:46pm
    In view that the party thinks an allowance for every citizen should be forth coming maybe the vote should be given to babies as well...
  • User AvatarSimon Banks 23rd Sep - 8:45pm
    Cameron can announce anything he likes, but this side of the general election he can't deliver it without our votes.
  • User Avatarmatt 23rd Sep - 8:42pm
    actually chris a robin reliant is classified as a "microcar" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reliant_Robin The point is it is a motorized vehicle that is able to be legally...
  • User AvatarCHIS WILLIAMS 23rd Sep - 8:24pm
    Mat highlights the stupidity of the debate, WITHOUT there parents permission. A CAR has 4 wheels. TRAINEES not PC's. ALCOHOL with parents permission not able...
  • User Avatarpaul barker 23rd Sep - 8:22pm
    We certainly live in "Interesting Times". There are rumours that some Labour figures think UKIP might win 2 Byelections in a fortnights time. We could...